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Dr David Heathcote

Biography

David Heathcote is a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and Illustration at the Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University. His current research is focused on the international history of motorways, the architecture of South Yorkshire, the relationship between wartime industrial/ military architecture and design, the development of Brutalist architecture and the study of art in situ as part of the education of Designers.
He is working towards the completion of the book Autostrada Interstate. He is also researching in preparation of The Heritage Shell Guide to South Yorkshire supported by Carnegie. The guide continues the work of Betjeman and Piper’s Shell County Guides. He is completing a paper on mid-20th Century Factory Architecture which has developed into a project entitled Unsung Modernists, about industrialists in East Anglia and their work on glues, aviation and prefabrication 1935-1956. He is also converting a course he has run in London Museums and Galleries for 10 years into a book; Learning Design from London’s Galleries and Museums. His PhD (2007) was published as the book Barbican: Penthouse Over the City and an exhibition Barbican: This was Tomorrow at the Barbican Art Galleries (2002). He curated Tourism, Modernism and Surrealism (2008) at the Museum of Domestic Architecture and Design, London and A Shell Eye on England (2011) developed from the exhibition. He has presented two BBC 4 series on Design and Architecture (2009) and made films for the Irish and British pavilions at the Venice Biennale ( 2008 and 2012) He has also published books on the 1970s House and Interior design in the 1960s and 1970s. He has worked for numerous institutions including Middlesex University, the RCA and the Design Museum, Tate Britain. He has contributed to a number of Design, Architecture and Lifestyle Journals as well as The Guardian and The Telegraph. He currently lectures at the V&A on Architecture and Urban History.

Languages

Greek, Modern (1453-)
German
French

Degrees

2007, Middlesex University, United Kingdom, PhD Architectural History, Post War Modernist British Architecture
1986, Middlesex University, United Kingdom, MA History of Design, Design history post 1750
1982, Middlesex University, United Kingdom, BA Hons Contemporary Cultural studies, Critical Theory

Academic appointments

0.5 Associate Lecturer in Art History, Art and Design, York College, 2016 - 1989
Visiting Lecturer, Education, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2011 - present
Visiting Lecturer, School of Art and Design/Museum of Design and Domestic Architecture, Middlesex University, 2005 - present
Head of Division of History and Theory, School of Art and Design, University of Derby, 1996 - 1998
Principal Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, 1993 - 1996
Senior Lecturer in History of Design, Art and Design History, Northumbria University, 1989 - 1993
Visiting Lecturer in Photography and Fashion History, Photography and Film, Fashion, Arts University Bournemouth, 1987 - 1989
Visiting Lecturer in Fashion History, Epsom School of Art and Design, University for the Creative Arts, 1987 - 1989
Visiting Lecturer in Design History, Art and Design, Barnet College, 1986 - 1987

Publications

Chapters

Pereda J, Heathcote D. 2020. First Thing, Everything: InterDesign Manifesto Delorie OL. Creative Manifestos: Inspirational Statements to Celebrate Self-Expression :58-58 Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated 9781454939214 Publisher Url

Scholarly edition

Pereda J, Heathcote D. 2019. First Thing, Everything: InterDesign Manifesto DOI Author Url Public Url

Book

Heathcote DV. 2017. Shell Heritage Guide to South Yorkshire Canterbury Press. Norwich

Heathcote DV. 2016. Autostrada Interstate: A history of Motorways Libri. Farringdon Oxfordshire

Heathcote DV. 2006. Seventiestyle: Home Decoration and Furnishings from the 1970s Middlesex University Press. London 978-1904750567

Heathcote D, Barr S. 2006. The 70s house Academy Press 9780470024195

Heathcote DV. 2004. Sixtiestyle: Home Decoration and Furnishing from 1960s Middlesex University Press. London 978-1904750116

Heathcote DV. 2004. Sixtiestyle: Home Decoration and Furnishing from 1960s Middlesex University Press. London 978-1904750116

Heathcote D. 2004. Barbican Penthouse Over the City Academy Press. London 9780470851432

Heathcote D. A Shell Eye on England The Shell County Guides, 1934-1984 Libri Pub Limited 9781907471070

Heathcote D, Papotti D. The Architecture of Transit, Sue Barr 9783960700272

Journal article

Heathcote DV. 2007. Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures by Kobena Mercer Eye - International Review of Graphic Design,

Heathcote DV. 2007. New Entrances for Barbican Arts Centre Blueprint,

Heathcote DV. 2007. Biography of Pericles Sakelarios ( Greek Architect) Blueprint,

Heathcote DV. 2006. Madeleine de Padova and Vico Magistrati Wallpaper*,

Heathcote DV. 2006. Modernism in Greece 1958-1968 Wallpaper*,

Heathcote DV. 2005. Architourist 3:The National Road, The Architecture of A.N.Tombazis Architectural Design,

Heathcote DV. 2005. 70s Houses in Ticino, Switzerland Blueprint,

Heathcote DV. 2005. Architourist 2: The Submarine on the Hill, Lost Villas of the 1970s Architectural Design,

Heathcote D, Barr S. 2005. The submarine on the hill Architectural Design, 75 :125-127 DOI

Heathcote D. 2005. The national road Architectural Design, 75 :142-143 DOI

Heathcote D. 2004. After the festival before rock 'n' roll Architectural Design, 74 :118-119

Heathcote DV. 2004. Architourist 1: Fiat Lux. Italian Motorways Architectural Design,

Heathcote DV. 2004. After the Festival, Before Rock N Roll. Kayleigh, Whitfield and Horsburgh's 'High Paddington' and 'New Barbican' Architectural Design,

Engagement & Impact

Other invited event:

evaluate the 4 year research project proposal by PI Caroline Voet : Pioneering Practices Re-reading Flanders’ architecture of the 1960s and ‘70s ( C14, University of Leuven. Belgium, Each year, KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) offers funds to its researchers to stimulate new initiatives and support high quality research. These funds are granted through the KU Leuven Research Council on a competitive basis. C1 funding supports hypothesis-, question- and/or curiosity-driven basic research. The research is ground breaking and has significant scientific added value, and is a leverage for, e.g. Marie Sklodowska Curie, FET, BELSPO, ERC and ESFRI project applications. To evaluate the quality of C1 project applications in the most objective manner, we seek the opinion of external and independent experts through confidential peer review. Knowing your standing and expertise in the field, we would like to ask you whether you are willing to evaluate the 4 year research project proposal by PI Caroline Voet : Pioneering Practices Re-reading Flanders’ architecture of the 1960s and ‘70s ( C14/20/067 ). Herewith you will find a short summary of the proposal: In Flanders, several exceptional buildings from the 1960s and ‘70s that take on a central role in the urban fabric are derelict or in physical decay. There is an acute lack of insights to guide their status as monuments, the processes of reconversion facing the future as well as the high demands for restauration. This research aims to generate more knowledge on these ‘pioneering buildings’, developing specific methods that combine design and practice-based expertise with theoretical research. Architects as Juliaan Lampens, Paul Felix, Jan Tange, Paul Meekels and Lode Wouters were more designers/builders than theoretically engaged, passing on their ideologies, skills and knowledge through their practices and teaching studios. This observation defines the research field. Firstly, case study analysis compare archival research with its (un)built manifestation. Secondly, this research builds up a historiography and contextualisation of these ‘pioneering practices’ and their international relations, creating an overarching narrative. We would appreciate if you could let us know by reply whether you will be able to review the project proposal. If so, we would expect your evaluation by Thursday March 26th, 2020.. 2020

SUES Renowned Overseas Professor Program Grant., Shanghai University of Engineering Science, "lectures on major topics associated with Formation and Composition of Design, and seminar to our faculty and graduate students". 2018

Autostrada Interstate Exhibition, Architectural Association, Bedford Square, London W1., Exhibition of Sue Barr Photographs with texts by David Heathcote. 2016

Components of The Scene (Film), Venice Architecture Biennale, Film installation with Sue Barr on the subject of Public Space for David Chipperfields 'Common Ground' curation at the Arsenale site of the Venice Architecture Biennale.Written and Directed by D.Heathcote. 2012

The Shell Guide: Surrealism, Modernism, Tourism Exhibition, Museum of Design and Domestic Architecture. London, Exhibition about the Shell County Guides their content, development and context. Curated by D. Heathcote. 2008

Bother Bui; The Lives of Spaces, Irish Pavillion Venice Architecture Biennale, Film made with Sue Barr about a villa complex built on the Beara Peninsular in the 1970s that was a salon for the Irish Cultural Elite until the death of its architect Robin Walker. Music and Direction by D. Heathcote. 2006

Barbican:This Was Tomorrow., Barbican Art Galleries. London, An exhibition about the history and designs for the Barbican Development in the City of London. Curated by D.Heathcote. Sponsored by Corporation of the City of London and Renault. 2002

External collaboration:

Victoria and Albert Museum, Education Department. 2015

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Middlesex University, PhD, J.M.Richards and The Architectural Review. 2014

Research Grants Awarded:

Sasakawa Foundation, Autostrada Interstate book project visit to Japan., dr Sue Barr, Grant value (£): 5000, Duration of research project: One month. 2012

Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, Autostrada Interstate book Project visit to USA to investigate the Lincoln Highway transnational highway 1913-27., Dr Sue Barr, Grant value (£): 5500. 2010

Arts Council of Great Britain, Island, Mountain, Continent. A film about migration from SE Europe made with Sue Barr. Shown the permanent Gallery in Brighton in Feb/Mar 2002, Sue Barr, Grant value (£): 2000, Duration of research project: 6 Months. 2001

Media Coverage:

http://bbc.in/1odssOI, BBC Radio 2 concert of '70s Blockbusters' scores introduced by Mark Kermode as part of his Celluloid Jukebox series with an interval themed on 70s design with interview commentary by David Heathcote. Transmission date 1st April 2016 at 20.00 hrs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08gj58t, Expert contributor on Littlewoods Catalogues furniture and homewares to Alison Steadman's programme in series called Home Truths (Episode 5) 21/2/17 shown on BBC1and BBC2.

https://www.lifestyle.com.au/tv/phil-spencers-100-homes/episodes.aspx?series=1, https://www.channel4.com/programmes/phil-spencer-history-of-britain-in-100-homes/episode-guide/, Phil Spencer's History of Britain in 100 Homes. Transmitted on 20th March 2019 on 'More 4'. Programme 8 'Contemporary' about Modernist Houses of the 60s/70s. My contribution was editorial advice and appearing as 'an expert ' to explain the significance and visual codes of the Open Plan living space of a 1970s single story Modernist house in Kent..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Cs5nH6qf0, Jan 2013 Series presenter for Art Deco Icons on BBC4. Series included episodes on Claridges, Frank Pick's London Transport branding and architecture and the Orient Express. Series first shown 2009.

BBC 2 (Arts) 2005 Forgotten decade 1945-55. Interviewee and Historical Consultant for series..

BBC 2(Arts) Taste. 2005. Historical consultant for a series presented by L. Llewelyn- Bowen on the development of British domestic architecture..

BBC Radio 4 Excess Baggage Mar 2009 (twice) Interviewed by John Mc Carthy and Sandy Toksvig on the subject of Travel Guides in the 19th and 20th centuries..

BBC4 Loose Ends.Sep 2009. Interviewed by Clive Anderson on the subject of Art Deco.

BBC4 series Mar 2009.Touring Britain. Presenter of episodes The Motorist's Way: The Shell County Guides and The Victorian Way: Baedeker's United Kingdom.

Carlton TV 2005. Historical consultant and interviewee for series on popular British design including Custard Creams, Doctor Martins' and Duffle Coats..

Country File BBC1 Jan 2011. Expert interviewee for feature on John Piper's Oxfordshire..

Inside Out. BBC1 north and BBC Radio Tyneside. Nov 2009. Presenter for a feature on listing Modernist buildings in the North East including Pismire's Apollo Pavilion Peterlee and Ryder and Yates Gas research Station at Killingworth Township..

Modern Masters: Picasso. BBC1 Oct 2011. Interview contributor to programme..

The Review Show. BBC2 May 2011. Member of critic's panel reviewing Zaha Hadid's Glasgow Riverside Museum, David Chipperfield's Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield and Terry Gilliam's Faust at the ENO..

Other Professional Activity:

February 2015 -March 2016 Lectures for Art and The City given as part of a one year course, Art and the City, offered by the V&A education section. : The architecture of Palermo from the Normans to Art Nouveau via the Baroque. Planning Berlin from the Post Napoleonic developments under Friedrich Wilhelm III to the post reunification development of the city centre and the onset of Gentrification in the inner suburbs. London Replanned describing the reconstruction plans for London from the 1930s, the wartime County of London Plan and The Greater London Plan and the Reconstruction in the City of London Plan and their continuing influence on the planning of London..

February 2015 -March 2016 Lectures for Art and The City given as part of a one year course, Art and the City, offered by the V&A education section. : The architecture of Palermo from the Normans to Art Nouveau via the Baroque. Planning Berlin from the Post Napoleonic developments under Friedrich Wilhelm III to the post reunification development of the city centre and the onset of Gentrification in the inner suburbs. London Replanned describing the reconstruction plans for London from the 1930s, the wartime County of London Plan and The Greater London Plan and the Reconstruction in the City of London Plan and their continuing influence on the planning of London..

June 2016. Walk around the Parish of Ashdon, Essex for the Hundred Parishes charity that I initiated, and with others, developed between 2009 and 201to develop a wholistic understanding of the farmed, managed and built environments of North West Essex, East Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire. The walk is to demonstrate the interruption between the built environment of the village, its geography and agriculture..