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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Singapore finest. WOHA profiled in The Australian's Wish magazine. (more…)


Sydney and Melbourne's architectural cultures go head-to-head
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Zaha Hadid

The diva of decon's first Australian interview.
Copenhagen.Design travel

Design scene: Copenhagen

An architectural travel guide to design central.
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Thomas Heatherwick

The inventor behind the Olympic torch.

Bushfire House

You dont have to build concrete bunkers to balance risk and fire safety.

Brooklyn’s design scene

America's fourth largest city has become the hipster heart of art and design.

Venice Biennale 2012

Architecture's new mood. For The Australian newspaper.

Cycling Copenhagen

How Denmark's capital made the sustainable stylish. From The Australian's Wish supplement

New Orleans

New Orlean's history and identity are in danger from its misconceived rebuilding programme.