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Department of Architecture



Clive Aslet has published more than twenty books on architecture and British culture, beginning with The Last Country Houses for Yale University Press in 1982.  This was republished by Frances Lincoln as The Edwardian Country House in 2012.  In 1990, Yale also published his book The American Country House, a study of a comparable phenomenon to the Edwardian country house which arose in the United States during the Gilded Age. Other of Clive’s titles include Landmarks of Britain (Hodder and Stoughton, 2005) and War Memorial (Penguin, 2013).  In 2021, he returned to Yale with The Story of the Country House and is at present discussing two further projects with them.

At Cambridge, Clive read History of Art at Peterhouse.  On leaving in 1977, he joined the magazine Country Life.  There he was Editor from 1993 until 2006, becoming a PPA Editor of the Year, and for the following ten years served as Editor at Large.  He continues to contribute to the magazine, as well as writing for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and other media in Britain and elsewhere. In 2020-21 Clive undertook a study of Halewell at Withington in Gloucestershire for the The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit, which will be published in 2022 by Stolpe Publishing. In 2019, he founded Triglyph Books with the photographer Dylan Thomas. From 2021 he has been Chairman of the Lutyens Trust.  He is also a trustee of the wildflower charity Plantlife and INTBAU, a global network dedicated to creating better places to live. Married with three children, Clive himself lives in London and Ramsgate.  

Visiting Professor for the Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture 2021-24