James Stevens Curl

Bust of James Stevens Curl by Alexander Stoddart.Professor Emeritus
James Stevens Curl

Architectural Historian

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Professor Emeritus James Stevens Curl has held Chairs in Architectural History at two Universities. He is Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster. He read for his Doctorate at University College London, and in 1991-2 and 2002 was Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.

Funerary Monuments and Memorials in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh
Funerary Monuments and Memorials in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

The funerary monuments and memorials in the Church of Ireland (Anglican) Cathedral Church of St Patrick, Armagh, include fine works by celebrated sculptors including Bacon, Chantrey, Farrell, Marochetti, Nollekens, Roubiliac, Rysbrack, and others, yet are not widely known.

Professor Stevens Curl's comprehensively illustrated book describes and shows all of them, as well as giving details of the artists and their subjects, thereby filling an unaccountable gap in the literature. It is published in two versions; a hardback, Limited Edition of only 250 numbered signed copies with dust-jacket at £40, and a Softback Edition at £20 per copy.

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He has established an international reputation for scholarship, lucidity of style, and thorough investigations in little-known fields of research.

His many books include:

He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of The Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and a Liveryman of the City of London.

  • Architect, Historic Buildings Expert, Architectural Historian, Author, Lecturer
  • PhD (Lond), DiplArch (Oxon), DipTP (Oxon), MRIA, FSA, FSAScot, FRIAS, HonAABC, MRIAI, RIBA
  • Formerly Professor of Architectural History (now Professor Emeritus) at The Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University. Later Professor of Architectural History at The Queen’s University of Belfast. Now  Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster.
  • Visiting Fellow, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, 1991- 2 and 2002
  • Member, Art Workers’ Guild, Oxford & Cambridge Club
  • Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects of the City of London (Freeman 14.2.78; Livery 16.7.90)
  • President, Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FoSOC) from 2006
  • Joint Patron of The Mausolea & Monuments Trust in succession to the late Sir Howard Colvin 2008
  • Former Chairman, Oxford Civic Society

Although now retired from full-time academic life at any university, Professor James Stevens Curl still gives tutorials to post graduates, acts as examiner at MPhil/PhD level, gives public lectures and conference-papers each year, and is a prolific author, not only of books, but of papers, articles, review articles, and much else. He also acts as consultant on historic buildings matters, prepares appeals and opinions, and acts for clients in respect of buildings of architectural or historic interest.

Prof. James Stevens Curl - email: jscurl@btinternet.com
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