Paul Stirton

Associate Professor
Editor of "West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture"
19th and 20th century European Design and Architecture

Ph.D. University of Glasgow, History of Art
M.A. Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
M.A. University of Edinburgh, History of Art

My current research and publications are mostly concentrated in two areas: architecture and design in Britain and in Central Europe (primarily Hungary) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I have a particular interest in graphic design, interiors, and print culture, although my recent work has been concerned with public monuments and cultural transfer or emigration. My approach to this body of material is largely concerned with the relationship between contemporary theoretical and critical writings and the actual objects themselves. This dialectical relationship between texts and things lies behind the selected writings of the English architect-designer E.W. Godwin, which I edited with Juliet Kinchin (2005), and various articles and essays on Hungarian designers, such as Károly Kós, Lajos Kozma, and Laszlo Peri.

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Paul Stirton's courses include:

573 Graphic Design in Europe, 1890-1945
732 Design Reform in Britain: From Pugin to Mackintosh
801 Other Europes: Design and Architecture in Central Europe, 1880–1956
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