Gavin Stamp

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Gavin Stamp
Born Gavin Mark Stamp
(1948-03-15) March 15, 1948 (age 66)
Nationality British
Education Dulwich College, London
(Independent boarding school)
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Occupation Architectural historian, teacher, writer and commentator
Known for Books, newspaper articles and television appearances

Gavin Mark Stamp (born 15 March 1948) is a British writer and architectural historian. He is a trustee of the Twentieth Century Society, a registered charity which promotes the appreciation of modern architecture and the conservation of Britain’s architectural heritage.[1] He writes the "Nooks and Corners" column for Private Eye under the pseudonym Piloti and regularly contributes essays on architecture to the fine arts and collector's magazine Apollo.


Stamp was educated at Dulwich College, a boarding and day independent school for boys in Dulwich in South London, from 1959 to 1967,[2] followed by Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a PhD degree in 1978, with a thesis entitled George Gilbert Scott, junior, architect; 1839-1897.[3]

Life and career[edit]

From 1990 until 2003, Stamp taught at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. Currently he teaches "Architecture in London: A Field Study" at New York University in London, where he leads his students on brisk walking tours throughout the city.[4]

Television appearances[edit]

Stamp has presented a number of programmes about architecture for Channel 5. In 2005 he presented Pevsner’s Cities: Liverpool and Pevsner’s Cities: Newcastle and in 2006 Pevsner's Cities: Oxford;[5] each programme profiled the cities with reference to the writings of architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner. In 2007 he presented a five-part architectural travel series Gavin Stamp’s Orient Express.[6] Stamp travelled by train along the original Orient Express route, stopping off on the way to look at architecture and to see how the history of Eastern Europe is told in its buildings.

Stamp has also made various television appearances as an expert interviewee: in 1986 he appeared in A Sense of the Past, a 6 part series for schools produced by Yorkshire Television about the relationship between buildings and local history; in 1990 he was interviewed for Design Classics: The Telephone Box, a favourite subject of Stamp's and one he has written about; in 1995 he appeared as guest expert in an episode of One Foot in the Past about Brunel; and in 2003 he was interviewed by Paul Binski for an episode of Channel Five's Divine Designs which profiled Alexander 'Greek' Thomson's St. Vincent Street Free Church in Glasgow.

Personal life[edit]

Stamp's daughter Cecilia played bass and sang in the Scots ElectroPop band Futuristic Retro Champions.

Cecilia now plays keyboard and guitar with The Machine Room.[7] He also has a daughter working at Country Life magazine in London.

Gavin Stamp married Rosemary Hill on 10th April 2014


  1. ^ 20th Century Society
  2. ^ An Interview with Gavin Stamp Publisher: Dulwich On View. Published: 25 June 2010. Retrieved: 24 February 2014.
  3. ^ "George Gilbert Scott, junior, architect ; 1839-1897". EThOS - British Library. Retrieved 2 Jun 2013. 
  4. ^ NYUL’s academic programme
  5. ^ Pevner's Cities Five TV
  6. ^ Orient Express review New Statesman
  7. ^