Professor Murray Fraser of The Bartlett School of Architecture has been appointed as General Editor of the 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture.

The ‘all new’ edition of this classic work takes on a revised title – Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture – and will be published in print and online formats by Bloomsbury Publishing in late 2017. Reflecting the significant shifts in perspective since its first publication, the change of title heralds a truly globalised approach to architectural history, and marks this distinguished book’s 120th anniversary.

‘No one before has tried to write such an extensive history of architecture using expert contributors from all around the world’, notes Professor Fraser. ‘We are delighted to be setting a new benchmark in this regard’.

Bloomsbury Publishing, the University of London and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have taken this opportunity to completely re-think, re-write and re-structure this new edition to make it the world’s foremost resource on architectural history, one that excites existing and new readers, and makes ancient Mesopotamian or Romanesque architecture as fascinating to them as that of Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry or Norman Foster.

The project’s aim is to make Banister Fletcher the internationally recognised brand name for innovative architectural history, thereby helping to expand knowledge about architecture. The volume will be close to a million words in length and will feature contributions from over 100 distinguished scholars worldwide. When published, it will comprise the finest and most extensive history of architecture in the English language, or indeed in any language.

Murray Fraser is an architect and architectural historian/theorist who is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture within the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK, widely regarded as one of the world’s best architectural schools.


Notes to editors:

About the Bartlett School of Architecture

The Bartlett School of Architecture is part of The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment. It was established in 1841 and is UCL’s world-leading centre for education and research in architecture.

It has been voted the best school of architecture in the UK for twelve years in a row by the Architect’s Journal. This year has seen the School take the top spot in the Guardian League tables and the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment has been ranked second in the world in the international QS rankings.

Located in the heart of London, the School is at the forefront of international research and teaching, encompassing interdisciplinary collaboration and methodologies. @BartlettArchUCL

Murray Fraser biography

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, as well as Vice-Dean of Research for The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. He has published extensively on design, architectural history and theory, urbanism, post-colonialism and cultural studies. His book, Architecture and the ‘Special Relationship’ (Routledge, 2007) won the 2008 RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University-Located Research and the 2008 Bruno Zevi Prize from the International Committee of Architectural Critics. Edited books include Architecture and Globalisation in the Persian Gulf Region and Design Research in Architecture (both Ashgate, 2013). Previously he co-created the online Archigram Archival Project, shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA President’s Research Awards, and chaired the RIBA’s Research and Innovation Group. He is Editor-in-Chief of the ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR) and now General Editor of the new 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

About the University of London

The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. It consists of 17 self-governing Colleges of outstanding reputation – including UCL, of which The Bartlett School of Architecture is part – together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities. Learn more about the University of London at

About RIBA

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. The RIBA has one of the world’s finest architecture collections, including the world’s largest collection of drawings by Andrea Palladio, works by Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, Pugin and others, a collection of printed books dating back to 1478 and the largest holding of architectural photographs in the world. @RIBA

About Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury’s academic division publishes over 1,100 titles a year, with a strong presence in the Visual Arts and Humanities & Social Sciences. With the acquisition of Fairchild Books and AVA Publishing, Bloomsbury now offers a range of titles within architecture and landscape architecture for students, early career professionals, practising architects and designers. We will also be launching a major digital product, the Bloomsbury Architecture Library, in 2017. Bloomsbury is dedicated to publishing the very best writing in the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design and landscape. @BloomsburyAcad


Posted on Monday 12th October 2015

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