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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Wallpaper City Guide

Robert's Wallpaper* City Guide to the pocket-sized Slovenian capital Ljubljana is out early 2014
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Target Heritage

From Mali to Bangladesh and beyond, ideology is making a target of cultural heritage.
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Spanish netherlands

Cruz y Ortiz's remodelling of the Rijksmuseum has many qualities but has it solved the museum's basic problems?
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Rock of ages

Ethiopia's rock churches at Lalibela are the living heart of an ancient religion
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True Gritti

The legendary Venetian hotel has been remade using the lagoon's singular craft traditions
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A New Amsterdam

No sex please we're Dutch, says The Observer. The Rijksmuseum is the heart of a cultural strategy for the city.
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All that is solid melts

The Louvre in Lens brings a shine to a former spoil tip in northern France
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Me London

Can hi-tech architecture create the perfect hotel bedroom?
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Iconoclasm as genocide warning

Attacks on buildings conveying cultural identity can be a warning of incipient ethnic cleansing or genocide. (more…)
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World Heritage Convention at 40

Is the world heritage convention having a midlife crisis? Published as: World Heritage at 40: success or mess? in THE ART NEWSPAPER Number 240, November 2012
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Neues Museum, Berlin

David Chipperfield's masterpiece used Bevan's book, The Destruction of Memory as a guide to its critical reconstruction. (more…)
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Minaretphobia

Racism is behind the fight against building minarets in the West.
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The Destruction of Memory

One of the ten best architecture books says The Independent.  This analysis of attacks on architecture helped define a new field of study.
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9/11 Memorial

High finance and low politics undermines commemoration at Ground Zero.
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Common Ground

An essay on Islamophobia and the stand-off between heritage and the  avant-garde commissioned for a critical reader accompanying the 2012 Venice Biennale.
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Heritage Journalism

Journalism about historic architecture and places and issues relating to material culture, including looting and provenance and human rights, is a consistent element of Robert Bevan's heritage advocacy.
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Gehry’s architecture business

Gehry's business school in Sydney prioritises branding over architecture.
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Tasmania’s cheekiest devil

MONA is part of the reinvention of Tasmania as a cultural and foodie destination. The Observer Magazine.
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National Gallery of Australia

The new Aboriginal wing makes a less than impressive entrance.
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Bubbling under

Snorkelling for beginners on the great, great, Great Barrier Reef.
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Walking Wales

How to convince an Australian that Britain has beaches worth a look.
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Art’s secret passage

The hidden Vasari corridor kept the Medici free from assassins. It was also a convenient place to hang a portrait or two.
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Cairo the victorious

The city's ancient centre is as fascinating as the pyramids at its edge.
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Marseille

Vogue Living on the 2013 European Capital of Culture.
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Group Hygge

Copenhagen for the design traveller.
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Cultural Genocide

Why culture should be central to the definition of genocide.
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Art in the office

Durbach Block's creative HQ for Melbourne fashion maven and art patron Naomi Milgrom.
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Hepworth & Turner

Chipperfield's architectural double act. The Hepworth is a fine follow up to Berlin's Neues Museum.
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North Bank South Bank

Australia's arts complexes under the spotlight.
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Lightbulb moments

Changing a light bulb is easier than building a green power plant but the new globes bring their own problems.