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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Pawson Life House

Pawson in Wales

John Pawson’s holiday home. Welsh Wizardry

All about Yves

YSL in Marrakech. All about Yves


The Ethics of Reconstruction. Palmyra
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Paris Brut

Touring the city’s radical layers

Forensic Architecture

Uncovering Architecture Crimes. Forensic Architecture

Eileen Gray

Can a house have a £MeToo moment? Restoring Eileen Gray’s pioneering house


Extending the canvas. Tate Modern’s towering extension.

Gobelki Tepe

The world’s oldest temple. Did architecture begin here?

The Meaning of Mali

Heritage and human rights. The Meaning of Mali
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Jamie Fobert

An architect in the cultural moment
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British Council

Launching the Cultural Protection Fund.

Frida Escobedo

The Mexican’s Serpentine Pavilion
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House for Essex

First look inside Grayson Perry and FAT's fantasia.


Title: Weimarana Subtext: Does the new Bauhaus museum have unintended bite?
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BIG profile

Denmark's hottest architectural export profiled in the Evening Standard.
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Terror and the city

After the Paris attacks: Does modernism lead to terrorism.
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Caruso St John

Tuesday 29 September 2015 The practice profiled on the opening of the Newport St Gallery
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Heritage and human rights

Why it is vital to link the two. Op Ed for the Evening Standard.
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Is art worth a life?

The story behind the film. For The Times of London
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From Ruth Glass to Spike Lee

The origins of gentrification. For The Guardian
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Jan Gehl on cycling cities

Bevan interviews the pioneering urban designer for Mondial
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New Whitney

Piano's new Whitney Museum is a dull affair, writes Bevan in the Architectural Review
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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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New intelligence

Architecture in the post parametric age for Intelligent Life
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Nouveau riches

Inside Brussels' art nouveau and deco splendours
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Bath’s return to source

England's spa city is rediscovering its original purpose.
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Lyon heart

Lyon has many wonders but a few blunders too.
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How the Dutch port is reinventing its images using architecture
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Gormley’s ROOM

Staying at The Beaumont in Mayfair can put you in an entirely new headspace.
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Mo Flo

What to do in Firenze when you're over the Renaissance.