Sir John Soane's Museum , Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education
Owen is an architectural writer, historian, and curator. He is the Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane's Museum and was previously Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.
He has recently curated The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture which ran at the Soane Museum from May to August 2018. My previous exhibitions and displays include Adam Nathaniel Furman: The Roman Singularity (2017), Origins – A Project by Ordinary Architecture (2016), Urban Jigsaw (2016), Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture (2016), Four Visions for the Future of Housing (2015), 100 Buildings 100 Years: Views of British Architecture since 1914 (2014) and Nicholas Hawksmoor: Architect of the Imagination (2012).
Owen is an author of five books: Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain (RA Publications, 2017), Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture (RA Publications, 2016), From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor (Reaktion, 2015), Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide (Laurence King, 2014) and Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon (Laurence King, 2012), which has been translated into 12 languages. He is also the editor of Conversations on Postmodernism(Soane Museum, 2018), a book of interviews with eight figures associated with the movement, and two collections of essays: Sensing Architecture (RA Publications, 2017) and Architecture and Freedom(special issue of Architectural Design, 2018).
Owen has written widely on architecture for publications such as The Independent, Dezeen, Icon, The Architectural Review, topos, The Architects’ Journal, Building Design, Apollo, and The Burlington Magazine.
An experienced public speaker, he has lectured internationally at institutions such as Yale School of Architecture; University of Oxford; Vizcaya Museum and Garden, Miami and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
He is a regular guest critic at a number of architecture schools and has been a judge for the BD Architect of the Year Awards, the AJ Architecture Awards and at the World Architecture Festival.
Own has appeared on BBC2 Newsnight, BBC Look North, ARTE, the European culture TV channel, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London, and Monocle Radio.