Professor Andrew Ballantyne
Professor of Architecture
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6800
- Address: School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Newcastle upon Tyne
Andrew qualified and practised as an architect before taking up research, starting with a PhD on Richard Payne Knight and the theory of the picturesque. He has worked with archaeologists surveying a Byzantine settlement in Greece, and more recently on architectural theory.
Andrew is author and editor of several books. Architecture: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002) has been translated into 23 languages including Chinese, Greek anf Hungarian. It is also available in an American edition with many more illustrations Brief Insights: Architecture (Sterling,2010). Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present (Laurence King 2012) is avilable in English and Portuguese. Deleuze and Guattari for Architects (Routledge 2007) is available in English, Korean and Turkish, and will soon be available in French.
Andrew Ballantyne BA, MA, PhD, Dip Arch, RIBA
I am interested in the way we identify with and find form in complex things, including our selves and our surroundings. Our decisions about things always have an unconscious aspect to them, and I am interested in taking note of that, as the unconscious factors are often more important in our decision-making processes than are the carefully reasoned arguments that we use. If our arguments lead us to conclusions that we find unacceptable then we humans tend to discard them and choose others.
My most recent book is on John Ruskin, who was a brilliant Victorian who made some very odd life-choices. He was the most revered critic of his age, and his insights into architecture were transformative. He saw good building as a process of good working rather than as a realization of fixed good forms. I think that this understanding came to him first through his study of geology studies. His intuitions about the formation of things as the result of slow but powerful forces seems to begin with geology, but it is there in his studies of buildings (especially The Stones of Venice) and in his attitudes to people and their education. He tried to do good things, and set up many benevolent enterprises. A concern for ethics runs through all his work. The Seven Lamps of Architecture was his way of making an ethical analysis of architecture, showing how different values pull us in different directions.
I am also working on a general history of architecture, taking a series of narratives across the whole of human cultural development. That takes up some of the themes that are "between the lines" in the book Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present and tries to see some common impulses being addressed across wide spreads of time and culture. We share a great deal of DNA with animals, and some of our impulses are deeply embodied.
Deleuze and Guattari locate the origins of architecture in the territorial aspects of birdsong. If we look at things on the scale of geological time and evolutionary time, then human buildings look like a phenomenon of the very recent past, dating from the last few thousand years.
I am interested in supervising PhDs, so if you're interested do get in touch.
Link to an interview about architecture and philosophy:
Link to an interview about Thoreau's Walden:
Link to Chicago University Press information about the Ruskin book:
Presentation in Rotterdam, on Ruskin, Brutalism and Beatrix Potter:
I will be speaking here:
- Ballantyne A. Deleuze, Architecture and Social Fabrication. In: Frichot, H., Loo, S, ed. Deleuze and Architecture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013, pp.182-196.
- Ballantyne A, Smith CL. Fluxions. In: Ballantyne, A, Smith, CL, ed. Architecture in the Space of Flows. Oxon., UK: Routledge, 2012, pp.1-39.
- Ballantyne A. Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present: Plans, Sections and Elevations. London: Laurence King, 2012.
- Ballantyne A. Remaking the Matterhorn. Nordic Journal of Architecture 2012, 2(3), 34-39.
- Ballantyne A. The Emergent Quality of Personal Space: Character and Destiny. Architectural Theory Review 2012, 17(1), 105-116.
- Ballantyne A, Smith CL, ed. Architecture in the Space of Flows. London: Routledge, 2011.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture, Life and Habit. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 2011, 69(1), 43-49.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Architecture: The Tudoresque Diaspora. In: String, TC, Bull, M, ed. Tudorism: Historical imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2011, pp.155-181.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Genealogy of the Singaporean black-and-white house. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 2011, 32(3), 301-313.
- Ballantyne A. Shops and Subjects. In: Handa, R., Potter, J, ed. Conjuring the Real: The Role of Architecture in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2011, pp.153-190.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Tudoresque: In Pursuit of the Ideal Home. London: Reaktion Books, 2011.
- Smith CL, Ballantyne A. Flow: architecture, object and relation. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly 2010, 14(1), 21-27.
- Ballantyne A, Ince G. Rural and Urban Milieux. In: Ballantyne, A, ed. Rural and Urban: Architecture Between Two Cultures. London, UK: Routledge, 2010, pp.1-27.
- Ballantyne A, ed. Rural and Urban: Architecture Between Two Cultures. London, UK: Routledge, 2010.
- Ballantyne A, Law A. Tudoresque Vernacular and the self-reliant Englishman. In: Guillery, P, ed. Built From Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular. Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2011, pp.123-144.
- Ballantyne A. Symposium. Architectural History 2009, (98), 1-2.
- Ballantyne A. Living the Romantic Landscape (after Deleuze and Guattari). In: Dana Arnold, Joanna Sofaer, ed. Biographies and Space: Placing the Subject in Art and Architecture. London and New York: Routledge, 2008, pp.17-34.
- Ballantyne A. Deleuze and Guattari for Architects. London: Routledge, 2007.
- Ballantyne A, Ince G. Paliochora on Kythera: Survey and Interpretation. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2007.
- Ballantyne A. Archigram: Architecture without architecture. Journal of Architectural Education 2006, 59(3), 88-89.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture. In: Sawyer, J, ed. The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture. New York: Blackwell, 2006, pp.323-337.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture as Evidence. In: Arnold, D; Ergut, EA; Özkaya, BT, ed. Rethinking Architectural Historiography. London: Routledge, 2006, pp.36-49.
- Ballantyne A. Review of: 'London Orbital' and 'London Orbital: a Walk Around the M25'. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 2006, 65(2), 288-290.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture Theory : A Reader in Philosophy and Culture. London and New York: Continuum, 2005.
- Ballantyne A. Hearth and Horizon. In: Ray, N, ed. Architecture and its Ethical Dilemmas. London: Taylor and Francis, 2005, pp.115-122.
- Ballantyne A, Arnold D. Architecture as Experience: Radical Change in Spatial Practice. London: Routledge, 2004.
- Ballantyne Andrew. Architectures in the Plural. In: Ballantyne, Andrew, ed. Architectures: Modernism and After. New York: Blackwell, 2004, pp.1-32.
- Ballantyne A. Architectures: Modernism and After. Malden, Mass. ; Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.
- Ballantyne A. Joseph Gandy and the politics of rustic charm. In: Arciszewska, B., McKellar, E, ed. Articulating British Classicism: New Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Architecture. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004, pp.163-185.
- Ballantyne A. Misprisions of Stonehenge. In: Arnold, D., Ballantyne, A, ed. Architecture as Experience: Radical Change in Spatial Practice. London: Routledge, 2004, pp.11-35.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture in the United States, 1800-1850. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 2003, (5212), 30-30.
- Ballantyne A, ed. Architectures: Modernism and After. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2003.
- Ballantyne A. Cobra. TLS: the Times literary supplement 2003, (5219), 19-19.
- Ballantyne A. Cobra - Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 2003, (5219), 19-19.
- Ballantyne A. Cool comfort - America's romance with air-conditioning. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 2003, (5208), 36-36.
- Ballantyne A. Diagonal: Transversality and Worldmaking. In: Menin, S, ed. Constructing Place: Mind and the Matter of Place-making. London: Routledge, 2003, pp.166-176.
- Ballantyne A. On architecture. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 2003, (5225), 30-30.
- Ballantyne A. Two Nations Twice: The Wild Irish Girl and Sybil. In: Arnold, D, ed. Cultural Identities and the Aesthetics of Britishness. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2003, pp.87-98.
- Ballantyne A. Architectonics of the Box: Television's Spatiality. In: Lorand, R, ed. Television: Aesthetic Reflections. New York: Peter Lang, 2002, pp.127-138.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture: a Very Short Introduction. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2002.
- Ballantyne A. Out of the ordinary - The architecture and design of Venturi ScottBrown and Associates. TLS: The Times Literary Supplement 2002, (5166), 4-5.
- Ballantyne A. Specimens of Antient Sculpture: Imperialism and the Decline of Art. In: Arnold, D, ed. Architecture, Antiquity and Aesthetics, 1700-1840. Blackwell and the Association of Art Historians, 2002.
- Ballantyne A. 'Specimens of Antient Sculpture': Imperialism and the decline of art. Art History 2002, 25(4), 550-565.
- Ballantyne A. The Nest and the Pillar of Fire. In: Ballantyne, A, ed. What is Architecture?. London, UK: Routledge, 2002, pp.7-52.
- Ballantye A. The Picturesque and its Development. In: Wilde, C., Smith, P, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Art Theory. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002, pp.116-1224.
- Ballantyne A, ed. What is Architecture?. London, UK: Routledge, 2002.
- Ballantyne A. Space, Grace and Stylistic Conformity: the influence of Spätrömische Kunstindustrie and architecture. In: Woodfield, R, ed. Alois Reigl. New York: G+B Arts International, 2001, pp.83-106.
- Ballantyne AN. In a Dark Wood: Dwelling as Spatial Practice. Architectural Research Quarterly 2000, 4(4), 349-356.
- Ballantyne A. On Foster ... Foster on. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 2000, (5092), 8-8.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture, Landscape and Liberty: Richard Payne Knight and the Picturesque. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
- Ballantyne A. Modernity and the British. In: Arnold, D., Peters Corbett, D, ed. A Companion to British Art: 1600 to the Present. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2013, pp.38-59.
- Ballantyne AN. Reason and Unreason in the Street. Transgressions: a Journal of Urban Exploration, Salamander, London, 4 49-56 1998.
- Ballantyne A. John Ruskin: A Critical Life. London, UK: Reaktion, 2015.
- Ballantyne A. A Long View at High Speed. In: Tigran Haas and Krister Olsson, ed. Emergent Urbanism: Urban Planning and Design in Times of Structural and Systemic Change. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, pp.29-35.
- Ballantyne A. Dingley Dell: Pickwick Papers' Lieu de Mémoire. In: Vanfasse, N; Huguet, C, ed. Charles Dickens: Modernism, Modernity. Paris, France: Editions du Sagittaire, 2014, pp.211-230.
- Ballantyne A. Ruskin, Rocks and Water. In: Bøe, S; Faber, HC; Strandhagen, B, ed. Raw: Architectural Engagements with Nature. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2014, pp.23-34.
- Ballantyne A. Ruskin's Critical Pathos. In: Masheck, J, ed. Mostly Modern: Essays in Art and Architecture. Easthampton, MA: Hudson Hills Press, 2015.
- Ballantyne A, Koller S. Trying to Think in a Connected Sort of Way. Journal of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture 2014, 1(1), 118-126.
- Ballantyne A. Thoreau's Economy. In: David Ellison and Andrew Leach, ed. On Discomfort: Moments in a Modern History of Architectural Culture. Oxford, UK: Routledge, 2017, pp.24-35.
- Ballantyne A. Projection: On Approaching the Maison de Verre. In: Hendrix, J ; Holm, L, ed. Architecture and the Unconscious. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016, pp.223-232.
- Ballantyne A. Remaking the Self in Heterotopia. In: Catherine M. Soussloff, ed. Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, pp.181-97.
- Ballantyne A. The unit of survival. Architecture Research Quarterly 2016, 20(1), 39-44.
- Ballantyne A. Architecture and Sacrifice: Intentions and Side-Effects. In: Wolfram Bergande, ed. Kreative Zerstörung. Berlin, Germany: Turia + Kant, 2017, pp.315-333.
- Ballantyne A. Schizoanalytic City. In: Constantin Boundas, ed. Architectural and Urban Reflections After Deleuze and Guattari. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. In Press.