Catherine Slessor

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Catherine Slessor MBE[1] is an architecture writer, critic and former editor of The Architectural Review,[2][3][4][5] and a contributor to Dezeen[6] and Architects' Journal.[7] She received an MBE in 2016 for her services to architectural journalism and in 2021 was elected president of The Twentieth Century Society.[8]


Slessor was born in Aberdeen, Scotland.[2] She studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh,[2] and holds an MA in Architectural History from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.[6] Slessor started her writing career as a technical editor at Architects' Journal in 1987.[3] She moved to The Architectural Review in 1992,[3] and was its editor for five years from 2009-2015.[2] She was the magazine's first female editor.[9] Her books have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, German, Dutch and Chinese.[10]

Selected publications[edit]

  • See-through houses inspirational homes and features in glass (2001, Ryland Peters and Small: ISBN 1841722006)[11]
  • Eco-tech: sustainable architecture and high technology (1997 (2nd ed. 2001), Thames and Hudson: ISBN 0500341575)[12]
  • Contemporary doorways: architectural entrances, transitions and thresholds (1992, Mitchell Beazley: ISBN 1840005092)[13]
  • Contemporary staircases (1990, Mitchell Beazley: ISBN 1840003162)[14]


  1. ^ "Birthday Honours 2016: the Prime Minister's list" (PDF). p. 80. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Wilkinson, Tom (30 March 2015). "Catherine Slessor: a trailblazer in male-dominated industries". The Architectural Review. Retrieved 1 February 2019. As the editorial torch is passed, we look back at the career of Catherine Slessor and the AR under her leadership.
  3. ^ a b c Waite, Richard (24 March 2015). "End of an era: Catherine Slessor leaves the AR". Architects' Journal. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ Foster, Norman; et al. (May 2015). "AR readers pay tribute to Catherine Slessor's editorship". Architectural Review (1419): 34–35. Retrieved 5 February 2019. Tributes from Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Tom Dyckhoff, Sou Fujimoto, Hugh Pearman, Roger Zogolovitch and others.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Sunday Times Staff (25 January 2015). "The Sunday Times Britain's 500 Most Influential Making Us Look, Listen, Laugh, Cry, Think … and Shop". The Sunday Times. No. 9933. p. 2. Retrieved 5 February 2019. ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: ... Catherine Slessor, editor, The Architectural Review, which wields enormous international influence. ...
  6. ^ a b "Catherine Slessor, Author at Dezeen". Dezeen. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Catherine Slessor – The Architects' Journal". Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Catherine Slessor". AJ. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  9. ^ Jansen, Theo (26 January 2016). "Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light: On Turncoats, The Cass and Architectural Debate". ArchDaily. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Catherine Slessor titles on WorldCat". WorldCat. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  11. ^ Reviews of See-through houses:
  12. ^ Reviews of Echo-tech:
    • "Review". The Times Literary Supplement: 19. 27 February 1998. ISSN 0307-661X.
    • Kaufman, P (March 1998). "Review". Choice. 35 (7): 1183–1184.
    • Lally, Ann (Fall 1998). "Review". Art Documentation. 12 (2): 63. JSTOR 27948982.
    • Davis, Colin (December 1997). "Greening technology". The Architectural Review. London. 202 (1210): 91–92.
    • Moore, Steven A. (May 2000). "Reviewed Works: Eco-Tech: Sustainable Architecture and High Technology by Catherine Slessor; Sustainable Architecture by James Steele; Architecture and the Environment: Bioclimatic Building Design by David Lloyd Jones". Journal of Architectural Education. 53 (4): 245–249. JSTOR 1425573.
    • Yannas, Simos (Autumn 2001). "Reviewed Works: Eco-Tech Sustainable Architecture and High Technology by Catherine Slessor, John Linden; The Architectural Expression of Environmental Control Systems by George Baird". AA Files. Architectural Association School of Architecture (44): 81–85. JSTOR 29544240.
    • Lally, Ann (Fall 1998). "Reviewed Work: ECO-TECH: SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY by Catherine Slessor". Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America. 17 (2): 63. doi:10.1086/adx.17.2.27948982. JSTOR 27948982.
    • Young, Lucie (27 November 1997). "Earth-friendly (but not earthy)". New York Times. Vol. 147, no. 50989. p. F3. Retrieved 5 February 2019.[permanent dead link]
    • Whitelegg, John (13 February 1998). "Built to consume". Times Higher Education Supplement. No. 1319. p. 26. Retrieved 5 February 2019.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Reviews of Contemporary doorways:
  14. ^ Reviews of Contemporary staircases: