Ayla Lepine

Lecturer in Art History

University of Essex

Ayla studied Theology at Oxford and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where her PhD (2011) focused on the late Victorian Gothic Revival at Oxford and Cambridge. In 2012 she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld, and in 2013 she was a Fellow at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music. Her postdoctoral fellowships concentrated on the phenomenon of revivalism in international art and architectural contexts. Since 2007 she has held lectuing posts at King’s College London, the University of Warwick, the Courtauld, Yale, and the University of Nottingham, where she also convened high profile academic events on architecture and poetry, revivalism in modern art and architecture, and neo-Gothic architecture in 20th-century Britain and America. She joined the School of Philosophy and Art History at Essex in 2014.

Ayla is the co-editor of Gothic Legacies: Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation in Art and Architecture (2012) and co-editor of the Courtauld Books Online collection, Revival: Memories, Identities, Utopias (2015). In 2012 she curated Past in Present featuring collaborative input from co-curators at the Soane Museum, the V&A, and the Guildhall Art Gallery. She has published articles in BRANCH on Victorian ecclesiastical textiles, on Kenneth Clark and the Gothic Revival in Architectural History, and on the interaction between music and architecture in modern Britain in the Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture. She is a Contributing Historian for the Architectural Review and is a regular reviewer for the Burlington Magazine. In 2014-15 she was invited to give papers and lectures at the National Museum in Oslo, Yale, the Courtauld, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the V&A. Together with Katie Faulkner, Ayla was co-chair of the AAH 2015 conference session at UEA on architectural sculpture after 1750.