Prof Steven Parissien is Chief Executive of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in Warwickshire. He is also Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford; Visiting Professor of Architectural History and Visual Culture at Coventry University; and Senior Associate Tutor at the Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University.
Born in London and raised in Buckinghamshire, Steven obtained both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford: a 1st Class BA (from University College, Oxford) in 1981 and a doctorate in eighteenth-century architectural history in 1989.
Steven has written extensively on architectural and cultural history, appears frequently on television and radio, and helped to set up Kellogg’s Masters in Sustainable Urban Design. His 12 books to date include Adam Style (Phaidon, 1992; Apollo magazine’s Book of the Year for 1992 and The American Institute of Architects’ Book of the Year Choice for 1993), George IV: The Grand Entertainment (John Murray, 2001), Interiors: The Home Since 1700 (Laurence King, 2008) and The Comfort of the Past: Building Oxford 1815-2015 (Paul Holberton, 2015).