John has an extensive portfolio of architecture-related lectures for local Arts Societies. Contact him at any time to discuss what might be suitable for you.
“Greek origins and illusions” looks at the foundations of European architecture, as practised by the Ancient Greeks
“Roman ingenuity and engineering” shows how the period of Roman dominance in Europe introduced many new techniques, as well as celebrating what had been inherited
“The classical period” combines the above two lectures into a single session (ideal for a Study Day)
“Did the ancient Greeks know about the Golden Ratio?” examines the evidence on both sides of this oft-asked question
“Byzantine skill and Romanesque energy” looks at what happened after the period of Roman dominance in Europe, and celebrates the first use of a truly pan-European architecture
“Gothic glory” considers the introduction of pointed arches, and how this transformed building design in the medieval period
“The medieval period” combines the above two lectures into a single session (ideal for a Study Day)
“The Renaissance” looks at what happened to European architecture in the wake of this extraordinary movement
“Industrialism and Revival” plots the development of building design through the Industrial Revolution, and examines why Victorian Britain chose to celebrate its medieval past
“Renaissance and Revival” combines the above two lectures into a single session (ideal for a Study Day)
These are only suggestions. Every lecture is hand-crafted to suit the occasion!