The Team

Prof. Miles Glendinning

Project Convener 

Miles Glendinning is Professor in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies. He has researched and published extensively on built environment subjects, including modernist and contemporary architecture and housing, and on the architectural history of Scotland: books include the prize-winning Tower Block (with Stefan Muthesius). Research projects include the recently-published (2013) international monograph The Conservation Movement: a History of Architectural Preservation from Antiquity to Modernity, recently awarded the Antoinette Forrester Downing Award for 2016 by the Society of Architectural Historians. His current research focuses on an investigation of the history of mass housing at a global level, as well as in specific ‘hotspots’, including Hong Kong in particular.


Lucy Wood

Research and Public Engagement Officer

Lucy completed her PhD in Scottish Literature, with a focus upon Scottish material culture and architectural heritage, at the University of Edinburgh. She has a background in public engagement and outreach, and is currently also in working in education in the heritage sector. She was responsible for managing the public aspects of the Tower Blocks project including liaising with community groups and organising public events and activities. 


Kat Breen

Database Officer

Kat is currently in the process of completing a collaborative PhD in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and Historic Environment Scotland. Her thesis is focused on the regional housing projects of post-war architectural practice, Wheeler and Sproson. She has a background in heritage and the urban environment, with an undergraduate degree in History and Geography, a Masters in Architectural Conservation, and experience of working in nationally significant archival collections. Her primary role on the Tower Block project is to digitise and process images, catalogue site data, and input this information into the database. 


Prof. Stefan Muthesius

Project Research Associate

Stefan Muthesius taught at the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia. His books include The English Terraced House (Banister Fletcher Prize 1985), Art Architecture and Design in Poland 1966-1980 - an IntroductionThe Post War University - Utopianist Campus and College and more recently The Poetic Home. Designing the 19th Century Domestic Interior. His Tower Block -Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Yale, 1994; with Miles Glendinning) can be downloaded via the following link: