Ricardo Agarez

Ricardo Agarez is an architect (Dip. 1996) and architectural historian (MPhil, 2004; PhD, 2013), specialized in the history and theory of 19th- and 20th-century cities and buildings, having written on national and regional identities, dissemination and circulation phenomena, housing and public architecture and the architectural culture in bureaucracy. He is interested in the interaction between formal and informal practices and in the boundaries and exchanges between schooled practitioners and non-professional actors; in the history of everyday architecture and of objects that escape conventional categorisation; and in the contamination processes between “high” and “low” cultural spheres, seen in their broad social context. The Giles Worsley Fellow of the British School at Rome (British Academy) in 2014, he was FWO Pegasus Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Ghent University in 2015. His latest book, “Algarve Building: Modernism, Regionalism and Architecture in the South of Portugal, 1925–1965” (Routledge, 2016), stems from his PhD research at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, which won the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis 2013. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Architecture.

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