Dr Catherine Burke will give a lecture on the architect Mary Medd (1907-2005) at the Architectural Association, 6.30pm, 27th November. Mary Medd 1907-2005 (née Crowley) was an important but, until recently, overlooked 20th century architect, designing environments supporting the education and welfare of young children. In this talk, Dr Burke will discuss Mary Medd’s important influence, firstly within the Hertfordshire schools programme and later at the Ministry of Education, on innovative designs for school buildings in post-war Britain.
Catherine Burke is a Reader in History of Childhood and Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research interests and projects focus on the relationship between pedagogy and building design in the history of education. She is vice president (president elect) of the History of Education Society UK and edits the Sources and Interpretations section of the Journal History of Education.