Raymond Quek

Raymond Quek

Raymond Quek is Professor of Architecture at Norwich University of the Arts, where he leads a team of educators who bring current research into teaching. He teaches across history and philosophy, design studio, technology, design communication and professional studies. He is registered with the ARB and is one of the School’s Professional Studies Advisors. He initiated the Association of Architectural Educators in 2010.

My academic research explores Architectural Representation in the History of Ideas as a problem of visual knowledge in art, architecture and design primarily in the Italian Renaissance. I also work on the confluence of East and West architecture circa 18 – 20c, SE Asian Architectural History, 20c Catholic Architecture, and architecture’s relationship with the arts in 19/20c.

I published “Nationalism and Architecture” (Ashgate, Nov 2012 and am currently  completing “Keys & Dowdeswell: Landmark Architecture: Straits Settlements & Federated Malayan States, 1920 -1934”.

I am on the editorial board of the South African Journal of Art History and an advisor for the Journal of Art Historiography.

I organised several international conferences under the Theoretical Currents Framework, Nationalism, Architecture and the Geographic Impulse & Modern Catholic Space. I am a member of ARENA (EU Architectural Research Network) and was the founder and initiator of the Association of Architectural Educators (UK, Eire).

I maintain an involvement with practice through the local societies and as a consultant on design development.


Quek, R. 2018, ‘Grand Modell’: Civil Station and the reception of three phases of Neo-Classical Architecture in Straits Settlements Singapore, 1819 – 1936, in Routledge Handbook of the Reception of Classical Architecture, Eds. Nichols Temple, Andrej Piotrowski & Juan Manuel Heredia

Quek, R. 2017, ‘Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre , Times of Creative Destruction: Shaping Buildings and Cities in the Late C20th.’, Architectural History, 60 (2017), 367–68

Quek, R. 2016, ‘A Colloquy in Athens between Raymond Quekand Nikolaos-Ion Terzoglou on Ideas of Space and the Creative Use of Concepts in Architectural Design and Education’, LSA Review, June 2016, pp 83-92

Quek, R, 2016, “’The Modernisation of the Catholic Church: 4 churches by Alfred Wong 1958 – 1961”, in Recollections of Life in an Accidental Nation – Alfred Wong Hong Kwok, ed. Lai Chee Kien, pp 177 – 185, Select Publishing 2016,

Quek, R. 2015, “Commemoration – Marco Frascari (1945 -2013)”, Scholion, Bulletin 8 / 2014, Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, p.175-176

Quek, R. 2014 “The Mirror of Territorial Identity in Singapore Professional Architecture 1923 – 1969: Colonialism, Nationalism, Separation and Independence”, Chapter in The Territories of Identity: Architecture in the Age of Evolving Globalisation, Routledge, Dec 2013  eds. Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, Guillermo Garma Montiel,  ISBN: 978-0415622875

Quek, R. 2012, The Expertise of Architecture & its History, SAJAH, Nov 2012

Quek, & Deane, eds. 2012, Nationalism and Architecture, Ashgate, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4094-3385-9.

Quek, R. 2012, Editorial. National Identities, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2012, 207-209

Quek, R. 2012, Dramatic Pre-emption in the Singapore’s National Theatre 1959 – 1963: Constructing National Identity before an Independent Nation, National Identities, Vol. 14, No. 3, September 2012, 287307

Quek, R. 2012, Nationalism and Architecture – An Introduction, in Nationalism and Architecture, Ashgate, 2012

Quek, R. 2012, The Cloak of a Nation – ROC/Taiwan/Chinese Taipei – Questions for the pursuit of National Architecture, 2012, in Nationalism and Architecture, Ashgate

Quek, R. 2011, Parallel Lines, NCBDS 27, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2011, pp. 160 – 166

Quek, R. 2011, Section of book: Acquisition and Elimination, NCBDS 27, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2011, pp. 291 – 329

Quek, R. 2010, “The Cloak of A Nation”, Architecture, Design and the Nation, Conference Proceedings, pp. 119 – 125

Quek, R. 2010, “The Conditions for the Unity of Art”, Alternative Practices, RMIT, 2010, pp. 121 – 136 (ISBN 978-1-921426-67-4)

Quek, R. 2010, “Excellence in Execution – Disegno and the parallel of eloquence”, Working Papers in Design, 4, Dec 2010

Quek, R. 2009, “Out of the Musical Box”, South African Journal of Art History, Volume 24, Issue 3 (2009)

Quek, R. 2009, “Colonialism, Nationalism, Separation and Independence: The printed mirror of stages of identity in the mid 20th century Architectural Journal in Singapore” Architecture & Global Difference, Conference Proceedings, Nottingham,

Quek, R. 2009, ‘Review of Leicester School of Architecture’, Architect’s Journal, July 2009

Quek, R. 2007, “Situating the Postmodern – The delay of the architectural avant-garde beyond the western world ”, South African Journal of Art History, 22, (no. 1), 2007, pp. 134 – 150 ISSN 0258 3542

Quek R, 2007, – “’Drawing Adam’s Navel”, From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture (Critiques, Routledge, 2007, pp. 44 – 63 ISBN: 0415431131

Quek, R. 2006, ‘The Problem of Disegno as creative tension between the visible and knowledgeable’, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 9 (3+4) September 2005, pp.255-264

Quek, R. 2005, ‘Architecture and the Direction of Knowledge’, South African Journal of Art History, 20 (no. 1), pp. 194-203 ISSN 0258 3542

Quek, R. 2005, ‘The Prickled and Decorated Surface: The Tattoo and Modern Architecture’, South African Journal of Art History, 20 (no. 1), pp. 204-213 ISSN 0258 3542

Quek, R. 2003, ‘Scepticism & progress in Architecture: Adolf Loos’ Chicago Tribune Tower’, in: Progress: The Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 2003, Sydney, Australia, Oct, 2003, pp.242 – 251 ISBN: 1864875747

Quek, R. 1998, In commemoration of Alfred Wong’s Gold Medal,  Singapore Architect, 200, p. 92 – 103, ISSN: 0218-7728

Quek, R. 1996, ‘Book review on “On Weathering” and “Delayed Space”,’ Singapore Architect, 190, pp. 80-83, ISSN: 0218-7728

Guest editorials

Quek, R. Guest Editor, Special Issue of South African Journal of Art History, Architectural Representation, Nov 2012, ISSN 0258 3542

Quek, R. Guest Editor, Special Issue of National Identities (Routledge), Architecture and the Construction of National Identity, National Identities, Vol. 14, No. 3, ISSN 1460-8944


Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts, 2010

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2007

Fellow Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, 1992

Member of ARENA (EU Architectural Research Network)

Advisory Board member, SPACE: Studies of Planning and Architecture

Advisory Board member, South African Journal of Art History


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