David Kroll

London’s Other Architects: the Role of the Designer in Speculative Housing, 1880–1939


Research and publications

David Kroll studied architecture in Berlin and London, and completed an MA in Architectural History and Theory. From 2002 to 2009, he worked as an architect in London with a particular interest in residential architecture on projects such as the Athlete’s village. During this time, he also developed his passion for architectural history further through a part-time teaching commitment at the University of East London. Since October 2009, David is enrolled as a research student at the Institute of Historical Research.

The research project is supervised in collaboration with the Survey of London. Its aim is to shed light on an under-researched culture of housing design which has left London with such an extraordinary heritage that could even provide lessons for improving our current housing standards.

Former teaching positions include:

  • 2002 – 2011 - Part-time lecturer, Architectural History and Theory, University of East London
  • 2007 - Lectures on post-war housing, University of East London and City College, Islington
  • 2011 - Guest critic, mid-year review in architectural design, University of East London

Conference and seminar papers

  • 'London’s Other Architects: The Rise of the Designer in Speculative Housing 1880-1939’, New Light on Vernacular Architecture Conference, University of Liverpool, Centre for Manx Studies, Douglas, Isle of Man, 22-25 June 2011
  • 'The Design of Lewisham’s speculative housing: Norfolk & Prior, 1893-1923’, Londonicity 2011, Institute of Education, University of London, UK, 12-14 July 2011


  • 2009 – 2012: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award