Mark Swenarton is an architectural historian, critic and educator. As a historian his writings have focused on twentieth-century architecture in Britain and Europe, particularly housing. He was successively the founding editor of Architecture Today magazine (1989-2005), head of the architecture school at Oxford Brookes University (2005-2010) and first holder of the James Stirling chair of architecture at the University of Liverpool (2011-15), where he is now emeritus professor of architecture. His books include Homes fit for Heroes (1981/2018), Artisans and Architects (1989), Building the New Jerusalem (2008), Architecture and the Welfare State (2014) and, most recently, Cook’s Camden (2017). In 2020 he is taking over as lead editor of the journal Architectural History.
Books by Mark Swenarton
Interviews with Mark Swenarton
Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing
by John Boughton
Scheming: A Social History of Glasgow Council Housing, 1919-1956
by Sean Damer
Scotland's Homes Fit for Heroes: Garden City Influences on the Development of Scottish Working Class Housing 1900 to 1939
by Lou Rosenburg
State Housing in Britain
by Stephen Merrett
Non-Traditional Houses: Identifying Non-Traditional Houses in the UK 1918-75
by Harry Harrison
How did the UK end up in a housing crisis? More than a century on from the 1919 Housing Act, a look back at the history of social housing with architectural historian Mark Swenarton provides some clues, and insights into the ennobling effect of architecture on peoples’ everyday lives.