Writing and research

Robert writes internationally about architecture, cities, heritage and cultural travel. He is the architecture critic for the London Evening Standard.

He has previously been editor of Building Design and the architecture critic for two other daily newspapers The Australian and the Australian Financial Review. He has written for design, art and travel magazines around the world as well as for national bodies such as Historic England.

"Passionate, original…he writes with powerful eloquence.”

Neil Ascherson – author

Robert is the author of essays and books including The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War (2006/2015) and is a member of (ICOMOS), the body that advises UNESCO on world heritage. He has qualifications in architecture, planning, urban design and journalism, and experience in both news and features. 

For Robert Bevan, it is all about having a strong sense of place; this is what connects his work as a writer, architectural historian and consultant. He can critique a city’s newest architecture, research its history, reveal its symbolic meaning or set out its appeal to today’s cultural traveller.

Among the many other titles Robert has written for are: Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Observer magazineSydney Morning Herald, The EconomistArt NewspaperArchitectural Review, and Wallpaper*/Wallpaper* City Guides.

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Cycling Copenhagen

How Denmark's capital made the sustainable stylish. From The Australian's Wish supplement
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Cairo the victorious

The city's ancient centre is as fascinating as the pyramids at its edge.
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Iconoclasm as genocide warning

Attacks on buildings conveying cultural identity can be a warning of incipient ethnic cleansing or genocide. (more…)
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Lyon heart

Lyon has many wonders but a few blunders too.
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Venice Biennale 2012

Architecture's new mood. For The Australian newspaper.
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Walking Wales

How to convince an Australian that Britain has beaches worth a look.
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BIG profile

Denmark's hottest architectural export profiled in the Evening Standard.
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Brooklyn’s design scene

America's fourth largest city has become the hipster heart of art and design.
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Tasmania’s cheekiest devil

MONA is part of the reinvention of Tasmania as a cultural and foodie destination. The Observer Magazine.
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Zaha Hadid

The diva of decon's first Australian interview.
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RMITvUTS

Sydney and Melbourne's architectural cultures go head-to-head
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Terror and the city

After the Paris attacks: Does modernism lead to terrorism.
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Art’s secret passage

The hidden Vasari corridor kept the Medici free from assassins. It was also a convenient place to hang a portrait or two.
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A New Amsterdam

No sex please we're Dutch, says The Observer. The Rijksmuseum is the heart of a cultural strategy for the city.
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Gehry’s architecture business

Gehry's business school in Sydney prioritises branding over architecture.
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Rock of ages

Ethiopia's rock churches at Lalibela are the living heart of an ancient religion