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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World Heritage Convention at 40

Is the world heritage convention having a midlife crisis? Published as: World Heritage at 40: success or mess? in THE ART NEWSPAPER Number 240, November 2012
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Art in the office

Durbach Block's creative HQ for Melbourne fashion maven and art patron Naomi Milgrom.
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Bath’s return to source

England's spa city is rediscovering its original purpose.
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Common Ground

An essay on Islamophobia and the stand-off between heritage and the  avant-garde commissioned for a critical reader accompanying the 2012 Venice Biennale.
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Group Hygge

Copenhagen for the design traveller.
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A tale of two towers

London's towers compared for the launch of the Architects' Journal Skyline campaign
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WOHA

Singapore finest. WOHA profiled in The Australian's Wish magazine. (more…)
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Marseille

Vogue Living on the 2013 European Capital of Culture.
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Is art worth a life?

The story behind the film. For The Times of London
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Rock of ages

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