Dr. A.R. (Amy) Thomas
Dr. A.R. (Amy) Thomas
Amy Thomas is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. She is an architectural historian with research centred on the relationship between financial processes and the built environment. Her current research explores the history of corporate architecture and workplaces, the role played by commercial architects and developers, and the intersection of gender and workplace design. Her forthcoming book with MIT Press focuses on the post-war development of the City of London (London’s financial centre). Amy has published work in journals including The Journal of Architecture, Grey Room and ARCH+, as well as a number of edited volumes.
In addition to her research and teaching, Amy is also an advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in architectural education and research, and has run various events at TU Delft on this theme. She served on the Management Team for the cross-faculty Delft Design for Values Institute 2018-2020, which led to the project 'Teaching Design for Values' (ongoing with Roberto Rocco and Maria Novas Ferradas), and is also an active member of the BauHow5 Alliance’s EDI group. In the latter she is currently working on a project to improve access to built environment education across Europe.
Awarded €250,000 for the project Her Office: a historical analysis of the role of gender in the design of corporate buildings and interiors, 1950-present
A Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme and offers newly graduated researchers the opportunity to further develop their ideas over a period of three years. The Veni is awarded by NWO every year. A total of 1,127 researchers submitted an admissible research proposal for funding. 162 of these have now been granted. The submissions were assessed by means of peer review by external experts from the disciplines concerned.
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Publication Grant
£8500 towards the publication of my monograph entitled 'Rebuilding the City of London: Architecture, Planning and Finance, 1945-1993' with The MIT Press.
Harper Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015-2017
Royal Institute of British Architects President’s Award for Outstanding Masters Thesis
The Schools Competition Act Settlement Trust Postgraduate Research Scholarship [2011-14]