Adrian Forty is a Professor of Architectural History at The Bartlett, the Faculty of the Built Environment at University College London, now retired. He is also the former Programme Director of the masters programme in Architectural History.
In 2003, he was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education.
Forty's main interest is in architecture's role in societies and cultural contexts. His research includes work on the design of consumer goods; on language and architecture; and on architecture, collective memory, and forgetting. As of lately, he is concerned with the history, aesthetics, and cultural significance of concrete as a construction material.
Select list of Forty's writings
- Objects of Desire: Design and Society since 1750, London: Thames and Hudson 1986.
- The Art of Forgetting, ed., with Susanne Küchler, Oxford: Berg 1999.
- Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture, London: Thames and Hudson 2000.
- Brazil's Modern Architecture, with Elisabetta Andreoli, London: Phaidon Press 2004.
- Concrete and Culture: A Material History, London: Reaktion Books 2012.
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