Joe Kerr holds a first-class honours degree in the History of Art from University College, London, and an MSc in the History of Modern Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He was a Senior Tutor in the History and Theory of Architecture at Middlesex University and the University of North London before joining the RCA in 1998, where he established the Department of Critical and Historical Studies in 2001. He is responsible for teaching history and theory to students in the Departments of Architecture & Interiors and Vehicle Design.
Joe Kerr has published widely on the history and theory of Modern Architecture and Urbanism. He is co-editor of Strangely Familiar: Narratives of Architecture and the City (Routledge: 1995), The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space (MIT: 2000), Autopia: Cars and Culture (Reaktion: 2002) and London from Punk to Blair (2003). He has co-curated various exhibitions, including Strangely Familiar (Royal Institute of British Architects, etc. 1995) and Millennium Products (The British Council/ The Design Council, 1998). He has written for The Architects Journal, Architecture Today, Building Design, Blueprint, Royal Academy Magazine, The Independent and The Guardian amongst others, and has lectured widely in Britain, Europe and the United States. He is a regular presenter of radio documentaries in the fields of art, architecture and design, including ‘Rivals in Stone’ (documentary series, Radio 4 2002) ‘Fallen Heroes’ (documentary series, Radio 4 2003), ‘Routemasters’ (documentary series Radio 4, 2004) and ‘The Architecture of New Mosques’ (Radio 4 2007).
He is also a London bus driver, based at Tottenham bus garage.
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