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Married to the Bride of Denmark: The Architectural Review in the Time of Hubert de Cronin Hastings

Symposium featuring Sherban Catacuzino, Erdem Erten, Will Hunter, Steve Parnell, Alan Powers and Catherine Slessor

WORK is pleased to invite you to a symposium exploring the intertwined histories of The Architectural Review and its elusive yet highly influential editor-proprietor of 50 years, Hubert de Cronin Hastings.

Hastings succeeded his father as joint director of The Architectural Review in 1925, and exerted a strong impact on the magazine’s ethos and aesthetic until his own retirement in 1973. A tension between conservatism and progress marked all Hastings’ thinking and enterprises, from his influence on the magazine and the theory of Townscape with which he is chiefly associated, to the paradoxical creation of a neo-Victorian pub as a setting for the leaders of Modernism.

The symposium will feature speakers affiliated with The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal, as well as academics specialising in related fields of twentieth century architectural history. The speakers will address the extent to which The Architectural Review reflected the personality and wide-ranging interests of Hastings and his editors (including Nikolaus Pevsner, JM Richards, Ian Nairn and Gordon Cullen), and discuss how the magazine cultivated a graphic style of surprises and juxtapositions intended to “re-educate” the eyes of its readers.

The event will include an evening viewing of the exhibition The Architectural Review: A Cover Story, on show at WORK until 28 June. The exhibition material has been selected and annotated by writer and researcher Alan Powers, who together with Erdem Erten authored the introduction to Artifice books on architecture’s recent reprint of The Italian Townscape, Hastings’ 1963 publication under the pseudonym Ivor de Wolfe.


Sherban Cantacuzino | talks
Erdem Erten | talks
Will Hunter | talks
Steve Parnell | talks
Alan Powers | talks
Catherine Slessor | talks


Date and Time:

11 June 2014 at 5:00 pm


3 hours



WORK Gallery
10A Acton Street

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