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Harry Foley

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


Harry Foley is Course Leader for the Ba (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design programme in the School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment.

Career overview

Harry is an RIBA accredited architectural designer with years of experience as a practitioner in New York, Beijing and London. This part of his career culminated with a role as a designer on the Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’ scheme for Sterling Prize winning practice, Stanton Williams. The completed project received numerous RIBA awards and was shortlisted as a Finalist for a World Building of the Year award at the 2019 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam.

Since leaving architectural practice, Harry has received his Master’s degree in Architectural History from The Bartlett, University College London in 2019 and has taught at a number of higher education institutions. He is now Course Leader for the Ba (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design programme at Nottingham Trent University and is also completing his PhD in Architectural and Urban History and Theory at The Bartlett, University College London.

Research areas

PhD, The Bartlett, University College London

Things in Fields and Other Spaces: Social Histories of the Car Boot Sale, 1980 to 2020


Removed from the tropes of architectural history, the neglectful documentation of the car boot sale over the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century presents a significant omission in contemporary historiographical studies. More unusual is that such a rich cultural tapestry has failed to warrant even a cameo appearance in contemporary social histories, especially those primarily concerned with the British working-class, a community group regularly affiliated with the car boot sale due to its proliferation in low-income regions of Britain. My proposed research intends to fill this void in the rungs of history, creating the first formally documented architectural historiography of the car boot sale, an otherwise unexplored cultural phenomenon.