Emma Filippides

I am an independent architectural researcher living and working in Ghent, Belgium.

With a background in conceptual design and architectural history, I have worked on the delivery of publications, events and exhibitions within urban research organisations and have partnered with architectural and curatorial offices on a variety of practice-based projects.



Modern Finsbury

Research for an architectural walking tour.

In collaboration with architect Ben Rea, I regularly travel to London to run this tour for The Architecture Foundation.

This walk focuses on the urban neighbourhoods that thread between King’s Cross and Clerkenwell, encompassed largely by the former Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury until 1965. The tour uncovers a surprising patchwork of typologically ambitious, experimental inter-war and post-war social housing schemes built between the late 1920s and 1950s. 

The five early-to-mid-20th-Century schemes covered by the tour offer powerful examples for anyone tackling contemporary questions around housing and citymaking in London today.

Research, public programming, graphic design