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Ewan Harrison is a lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University of Manchester. His research focusses on architectural practice and capitalism in post-war Britain and the post-war British African empire, through analyses of both the design of buildings for business and the business of building and design. His work seeks to broaden our understanding of the production of architecture in the post-war period, by examining the interactions between commercial architects, contractors, and their clients, figures that are generally side-lined in canonical accounts of post-war modernism.

He studied at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, before completing a PhD at the University of Liverpool. Prior to his appointment at the University of Manchester, he was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Liverpool, and the Colin St John Wilson Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Collections in London.

Forthcoming works include a monograph Richard Seifert: The Office Block Apostle to be published by MIT Press in 2023/4, and a co-authored monograph The United Africa Company: Mercantile Architecture and the West African City, to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2024.

Ewan Harrison is a Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, and co-chairs the LGBTQIA+ Network of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Aberdeen

Master in Science, Architectural Conservation , University of Edinburgh

Doctor of Philosophy, Richard Seifert: Architecture for Profit and the Post-War State, University of Liverpool

External positions

Research Fellow, University of Liverpool

30 Sept 0001 → …

Areas of expertise

  • DT Africa
  • colonialism
  • decolonisation
  • NA Architecture
  • architectural history and theory
  • NX Arts in general


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