Dr Steven Parissien is Director of Compton Verney museum and gallery in Warwickshire. 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 11 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), The Life of the Automobile (Atlantic/Thomas Dunne, 2013/14), and The English Railway Station (English Heritage, 2014). He is currently completing work on a book on Oxford’s building history since 1815,The Comfort of the Past, and is editing a book on Canaletto and Britain; both are due to be published in spring 2015.