Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

Paul James

Paul is a PhD candidate associated with ATCH at the University of Queensland. His PhD engages with writing on architecture produced by historians associated with the Warburg Institute in the first decades following its relocation to London in 1933. The central aim of the research project is to identify the impact of the institute on architectural theory. A secondary interconnected aim is to unpack the methods through which Warburgian academics attempted to establish a social utility for art in the shadow of the Second World War. Paul’s qualifications include a Master’s of Architecture (first class honours) from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture, senior prize) from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. His research master’s thesis was dedicated to identifying the role of models of art within Dalibor Vesely’s critique of instrumentalism in architecture. Thesis title: The legacy of the Warburg Institute: writing on architecture and art in the shadow of the Second World War.