Tom Wilkinson 


Tom Wilkinson specialises in the visual culture of modern Germany, media and modern architecture. He studied fine art at Central St Martins and history of art at the Courtauld Institute and University College London. In 2016 he received a PhD from UCL for his thesis ‘Transmedial Cathedrals: Architectural History in and between New Media in Germany, 1900-1945’, a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

In 2017 Tom became Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Warburg Institute, where he is working on a project titled ‘Image Economies: Visual Networks and Capital in Modern Germany’. This focuses on three exemplary forms of circulating visual matter – emergency money issued during the inflation of 1914-1923, postcards, and satirical prints – investigating their intertwinement with capital flows.

As well as his academic work, Tom is the History Editor of the Architectural Review, and is co-director of New Architecture Writers, a programme for aspiring ethnic minority design critics. In 2017 he co-curated an exhibition titled Futures Found: The Real and Imagined Cityscapes of Postwar Britain at the Royal Academy, as well as organising lecture series there and at the Soane Museum.

Selected publications

(Article) ‘Art History on the Radio: Walter Benjamin and Wilhelm Pinder 1930/1940’, Oxford Art Journal 39, no. 1 (2016), 49-66.

(Book: sole author) Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People they Made (London: Bloomsbury, 2014). Published in the UK, USA, Spain, Taiwan, China and Russia; long-listed for the Guardian first book award.

(Book: contributing author) Masters of Photography (London: Goodman, 2013). Contributed 13 entries.