Carolyn Steel is a practicing architect with a unique perspective on the way food affects urban space and the perennial tension between cities and their hinterland.
Carolyn qualified as an architect from Cambridge University in 1984 and combines practice with teaching, writing and research. She joined Kilburn Nightingale Architects in 1989, since when she has completed several buildings for the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Carolyn’s academic work has focused on urban design, and her lecture series Food and the City is an established part of the undergraduate course at Cambridge University. She has run successful design units at Cambridge, The University of North London (now London Metropolitan University), and at the London School of Economics, where she was inaugural studio director of the Cities programme. She was a Rome Scholar in 1995-6, where she researched the historical structure of everyday life in the city, and she has written for Blueprint Magazine, Building Design and presented on the BBC's 'One Foot in the Past'.
Her 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives won her The Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, and established a new approach to urban design and interpretation, describing how food cultures and systems have dominated urban and rural development, creating an 'urban paradox' at the core of civilization. Hungry City was chosen as a BBC Food Programme book of the year, and Carolyn was featured in a special edition of the programme. Since its publication, Hungry City has been translated into Chinese, Korean and Dutch, and has become accepted as a key text among architects, food professionals, green designers and planners.
For more information about Carolyn, as well as her blog, at: http://www.hungrycitybook.co.uk