Dr. Bressani will be giving a talk entitled: “Architecture as a Profession in the Making in the early-Victorian Era“ He will be discussing very generally the field of architecture, its workings, and its progressive “professionalization” in the course of the nineteenth century, using two specific examples to make matters more concrete: the architects John Soane and A.W.N. Pugin. The latter has in fact been rumored to have provided Dickens the model for Seth Pecksniff.
Dr. Martin Bressani is the Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Architecture and Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture in Montréal. He is the author of a monograph on French architect and theoretician Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Architecture and the Historical Imagination: Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (Ashgate, 2014), and co-editor of Gothic Revival Worldwide. A.W.N. Pugin’s Global Influence (Leuven University Press, 2017) and The Companions to the History of Architecture – Nineteenth-Century Architecture (Wiley Blackwell, 2017). He has contributed essays and articles to many books and scholarly journals.