Art Nouveau to Modernism - Conrad Thake

Art Nouveau to Modernism, Architecture in Malta, 1910-1950

Shortlisted in the category ‘General Research’, National Book Prize 2022


‘Conrad Thake has imposed on himself a forty-year time frame for his impressive research into architectural activity in Malta and its more notable exponents. The period 1910–50, is not an inordinately long stretch of time, but is still a most momentous one. Forty years that embrace, among others, no less than two world wars, the Communist revolution, the discovery of antibiotics, the rise and fall of Fascism and Nazism, the assertion of the airplane, the acceptance of abstract art, the diffusion of sound cinema and television.’ – Giovanni Bonello

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Conrad Thake

Author: Prof Conrad Thake

Professor Conrad Thake is an architect, urban planner and architectural historian. He graduated B.E.&A (Hons.) from the University of Malta (1988). He pursued postgraduate studies in North America graduating with an MA in Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada (1990) and a PhD degree in Architecture, from the University of California, at Berkeley, USA (1996). He co-authored with the late Quentin Hughes the two volumes Malta – The Baroque Island, (2003) and Malta – War & Peace, an Architectural Chronicle 1800-2000, (2005). He has published several books on Maltese architecture including William Scamp – A British Admiralty Architect in Malta (2011), The Ottoman Muslim Cemetery in Malta (2016), Contemporary Architecture in Malta (2016), Portals of Valletta (2017), Staircases of Malta (2018) and Doorways of Malta (2019). He has published in several prestigious international journals such as L’Arca, Demetra, Muqarnas, Palladio, and Spazio e Società. Thake is a Salzburg fellow and a Member of CICA – Comité International des Critiques d’Architecture / International Committee of Architectural Critics.