Jazz Age Design


The 1920s was a decade of prosperity and new technology, an era when much of the modern world as we know it was forged. The art and architecture of this era continue to capture the imagination 100 years after their original creation, from the stepped profiles of Art Deco skyscrapers to the chimneys of Battersea Power Station, to the boxy villas of Le Corbusier and the fantasies of Hollywood.

This day course will provide an introduction to the architecture and design of the era. We will explore the variety of design approaches encompassed by the label Art Deco, and we will examine the expression of fantasy through the design of movie palaces and resort villages that was itself made possible by modern conditions.

Speakers will address both buildings and decorative arts, focusing especially on centres of fashion that helped to propel the international popularity of various modes of design in an era of mass media.

Programme details


The USA: Art Deco to Hollywood
David Lewis

Tea/Coffee break

French Art Deco
Speaker TBC


1920s British Modern
David Lewis

Tea/Coffee break

International influence of Scandinavian Classicism
Julian Holder

Course Disperses


Description Costs
Tuition fee (includes tea/coffee) £85.00
Baguette £6.10
Hot lunch (3 courses) £16.50


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Julian Holder


Dr Julian Holder teaches the postgraduate course in Architectural History at Rewley House and is a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College. A former Inspector of Historic Building with English Heritage and Director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies at Edinburgh University he has held a number of posts in academia and conservation and published widely on nineteenth and twentieth century architecture and design. Recent publications include (with Elizabeth McKellar) Neo-Georgian architecture, 1880-1970; a reappraisal (2016), and (with Stephen Parissien) The architecture of British transport in the twentieth century (2005).

Dr David Lewis

Speaker and Director of Studies

Dr David Frazer Lewis is an architectural historian whose interests include the architecture of modern Britain and the United States, the design of sacred architecture, and the Gothic Revival. Prior to joining Oxford's Department for Continuing Education, he was an Assistant Professor at the Notre Dame School of Architecture. He has experience in museums and heritage, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for British Art, and has worked for architecture firms in San Francisco and London that specialise in historic conservation. Dr Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, an MPhil from Cambridge, and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.