Amy Thomas

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Assistant Professor of the History of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft

Amy Thomas is Assistant Professor of the History of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. Her teaching and research is centred on twentieth century western architecture and urbanism, with a particular focus on the relationship between financial processes and the built environment. Her doctoral research, which she is currently revising for publication, comprised a material and spatial analysis of the City of London, London’s unique financial centre, in the post-war period. Her work endeavours to dispel the myth of immateriality and invisibility that surrounds global financial transactions by investigating their physical consequences at different spatial scales, from the level of urban planning and economic geography, through symbolic architectural facades, to the often-mundane interior worlds of offices and trading floors. With a particular interest in everyday spaces, Thomas’s research also explores the unceremonious and often un-‘architectural’ buildings that make up the fabric of the modern urban world, including developer-led commercial architecture and infrastructure. Within this context, her current research investigates the material history of tax havens and offshore financial centres, as spaces that are often misconstrued as peripheral or external to the nation-state system, but are in fact territorially embedded within them.

Amy has a PhD in the History of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) (2015). She held the position of Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago 2015-2017. She has taught at UCL, Queen Mary, University of London, and Regents University London. 

Beyond academia, Amy is also a practicing portrait artist with commissions including Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Lord Ramsbotham, General Sir Rupert Smith, and Field Marshall Sir John Chapple.

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