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Dr Michael Johnson

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

D R MICHAEL JOHNSON

Before joining Northumbria University in 2012 as a Lecturer in Design History, I was employed as an Academic Tutor at Sunderland University, teaching on the Interior Design and Illustration courses. At the same time, I was employed as an Architecture Consultant for the Durham Victoria County History, investigating the history of Sunderland. My research resulted in the publication of a co-authored monograph[M1]  on the architecture of Sunderland (2013), as well as an independently authored study of working class housing in the city (2015).

At doctoral level, I was one of six students nationwide to gain funding for my PhD in architectural history from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (£40,000). My thesis, Architectural Taste and Patronage in Newcastle upon Tyne, 1870-1914,was supervised by Professor Cheryl Buckley and investigated the economic, social and cultural factors that underpin architectural production, thus offering a new insight into the workings of patronage. In 2012 I delivered a paper based on my research at the Institute for Historical Research and was subsequently invited to contribute to the Victorian Society’s conference in Newcastle in 2012.  

I was the first student in Northumbria University’s Department of Arts to gain Arts and Humanities Research Board funding (£10,000) for my Master’s Degree in Humanities Research. My dissertation investigated the work of the 19th century Catholic architects Dunn and Hansom. A distillation of this research was published in Northern Catholic History in 2008 and I am currently expanding this into a scholarly monograph.

As an undergraduate student at Northumbria University I achieved the degree of BA (Hons) in the History of Modern Art, Design and Film. My dissertation was entitled Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement: St Andrew’s Church, Roker, and investigated one of the finest Edwardian churches in the country, viewing it as a collaborative work by esteemed members of the Arts and Crafts movement. On the strength of this research I was invited to deliver a research paper at the church’s Centenary Symposium in 2007. This was subsequently published in Durham Archaeological Journal in 2009.

Campus Address

Lipman 423A



Qualifications

Architecture PhD June 30 2009

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Sunderland in 50 Buildings, Johnson, M. 15 Nov 2016
  • The Sunderland Cottage: A History of Wearside’s ‘Little Palaces’, Johnson, M. 15 Oct 2015
  • Modernist Architecture and Design in Europe, Johnson, M. 16 Jun 2015, The Modernist World, London, Taylor & Francis
  • The Architecture of Sunderland, 1700-1914, Johnson, M., Potts, G. 2 Sep 2013
  • Architectural taste and patronage in Newcastle upon Tyne, 1870-1914, Johnson, M. 4 Sep 2009


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