Jonathan Glancey

Jonathan Glancey, FRIBA is an architectural critic and writer who was the architecture and design editor at The Guardian, a position he held from 1997 to February 2012. He previously held the same post at The Independent. He also has been involved with the architecture magazines Building Design, Architectural Review, The Architect and Blueprint. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, RIBA.

Following in the footsteps of Ian Nairn[1] he made a series of four films, Outrage Revisited (2010)[2] on the banality of Britain's postwar buildings.

He is a fan of Le Corbusier. Currently he reports on architecture and design for the website BBC Culture.


Glancey attended St Benedict's School in Ealing, London[3] and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford.[4]

Books by GlanceyEdit

  • New British architecture (London: Thames and Hudson, 1989) ISBN 0-500-34107-9
  • 20th Century Architecture: The Structures That Shaped the Century (London: Carlton, 1998) ISBN 1-85868-519-2
  • The Story of Architecture (London; New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2000) ISBN 0-7513-4881-3
  • London: Bread and Circuses (London: Verso Books, 2001) ISBN 1-85984-645-9
  • The Train: A Photographic History (London: Carlton, 2004) ISBN 978-1-84732-465-8
  • John Betjeman on Trains (London: Methuen, 2006) ISBN 978-0-413-77612-9
  • Spitfire: The Biography, 2006
  • John Betjeman on Churches (London: Methuen, 2007) ISBN 978-0-413-77651-8
  • Nagaland: A journey to India's forgotten frontier, April 2011
  • Giants of Steam (London: Atlantic Books, 2012) ISBN 978-184354-769-3
  • Harrier: The Biography (London: Atlantic Books, 2013) ISBN 978-1-84354-891-1
  • Concorde: The Rise and Fall of the Supersonic Airliner (London: Atlantic Books, October 2015) ISBN 978-1-78239-107-4
  • What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower? (London: Laurence King Publishing, February 2017) ISBN 978-1-78067-919-8
  • Wings Over Water: The Story of the World's Greatest Air Race and the Birth of the Spitfire (London: Atlantic Books, 2020) ISBN 978-1-78649-419-1


  1. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (15 May 2010). "The Voice of Outrage". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Jonathan Glancey, Shehani Fernando and Michael Tait (7 June 2010). "Outrage revisited: From London to Milton Keynes". Length: 9min 14sec. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 3 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (30 December 1995). "by Jonathan Glancey Philip Lawrence". The Independent.
  4. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (21 May 2001). "Town and country planning". The Guardian University Guide.

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