Architectural Review is a monthly international architectural
magazine. It has been published in
London since 1896. Its articles
cover the built environment – which includes landscape, building
design, interior design and urbanism – as well as theory of these
Architectural Review was founded as a monthly magazine, the
Architectural Review for the Artist and Craftsman, in 1896 by Percy
Hastings, owner of the Architectural Press. In 1927 his third
son, Hubert de Cronin Hastings, became joint editor (with Christian
Berman) of both the
Architectural Review and the Architects' Journal,
a weekly. Together they made substantial changes to the aims and
style of the review, which became a general arts magazine with an
architectural emphasis. Contributors from other artistic fields were
brought in, among them Hilaire Belloc, Robert Byron, Cyril Connolly,
D.H. Lawrence, Paul Nash, Nikolaus Pevsner, P. Morton Shand, Osbert
and Sacheverell Sitwell, and Evelyn Waugh.
John Betjeman was an
assistant editor from 1930 to 1934. The editorial board included
Pevsner, Hugh Casson,
Osbert Lancaster and James Maude Richards.
The design of the review was innovative, with bold use of layout,
typefaces and photographs; graphic elements were commissioned from
Eric Gill and Edward Bawden. The articles on European Modernist
P. Morton Shand
P. Morton Shand published from July 1934 were among
the earliest in Britain on the subject. By about 1935 the magazine
had acquired a leading position in the discourse surrounding
The journal was influential after the
Second World War
Second World War in raising
awareness of "townscape" (urban design), partly through regular
articles by assistant editor Gordon Cullen, author of several books on
the subject.
In January 2017, title owner
Ascential announced its intention to sell
13 titles including Architectural Review; the 13 "heritage titles"
were to be "hived off into a separate business while buyers are
sought." It was one of 13 titles acquired from
Metropolis International in a £23.5m cash deal, announced on 1 June
Dariush Borbor (architect and urban planner) – former correspondent
and contributor 1960s to 1980s
Henry Wilson – first editor 1896–1901
John Betjeman – assistant editor, 1930 to 1934
James Maude Richards – co-editor or editor, 1935 to 1971, excluding
the war years
Nikolaus Pevsner – acting editor 1943 to 1945 and member of
editorial board 1945 to 1970
Peter Davey – Editor 1980 to 2005
László Moholy-Nagy – photographer
Gordon Cullen – art editor
Robert Melville – art critic
Peter Blundell Jones – contributor
Stephen Gardiner – contributor
Douglass Haskell – contributor
Ian Nairn – contributor
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