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Dr. Matthew Armitt is an architectural historian, pedagogic researcher, and lecturer in architecture at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design in conjunction with the Liverpool School of Architecture with expertise on the period of Soviet architectural teaching of the 1920s. He studied in both the United Kingdom and the United States. After which he went on to read for his Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool where he specialised in the history and theory of the Soviet architectural teaching through the Soviet architecture school called VKhUTEMAS (Higher Artistic and Technical Studios 1921-1926) through a course of architectural teaching called “Space” analyzed through Soviet archival photographs housed in Russia, America, Canada, Germany, and the UK. For his research, he received a number of research grants from the Centre of Architecture and the Visual Arts and the University of Liverpool School of the Arts. His research exposed new findings contributing to this complex and fascinating period of Soviet architecture and architectural teaching history. Matthew has engaged with numerous networks and academic affiliations such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and the Moscow School of Architecture (MARKhI). Each contributed to his subject knowledge which enhanced the reputation and development of this subject area through publications as well as having made a number of academic presentations/lectures enthusiastically contributing to the wider academic debate on Soviet architecture and architectural teaching as a whole. Matthew is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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