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James Stevens Curl, MRIA, FSA, FSAScot, FRIAS, HonAABC, MRIAI, RIBA (born 1937) is an architectural historian, architect, and author with an extensive range of publications to his name.

Royal Irish Academy academy of sciences

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Society of Antiquaries of London British learned society for archaeologists

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Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

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Curl is Professor at the School of Architecture and Design, Ulster University, [1] Professor Emeritus at De Montfort University, Leicester, and has been a Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge (1991–92, 2002). He was awarded his doctorate at University College London, and the degree of Honorary Doctor of Arts was conferred on him by De Montfort University in 2014 in recognition of his "distinctive contribution to the study of Architectural History" and of his "outstanding contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation and the region". [1]

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Ulster University multi-campus university located in Northern Ireland

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De Montfort University university in Leicester

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Curl is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, a member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects of the City of London.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is the professional body for architects in Scotland.

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland founded in 1839, is the "competent authority for architects and professional body for Architecture in the Republic of Ireland."

Royal Institute of British Architects professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971.

In September 2017, he was awarded the President's Medal of the British Academy "for his contribution to the study of the History of Architecture in Britain and Ireland". [2]

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Curl was the first Chairman of Oxford Civic Society, [3] which was founded in 1969. He is Joint Patron of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, President of the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery, a Vice-President of the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, a member of the Art Workers' Guild, and a member of the Oxford & Cambridge Club.

Oxford Civic Society

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The Mausolea and Monuments Trust is a charity for the "protection and preservation of mausolea and funerary monuments situated in Great Britain and Ireland." The trust was founded in 1997 by the architectural historian Jill Allibone (1932–1998).

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  1. 1 2 Official website (Accessed 1 October 2014)
  2. "From Wikipedia to Roman coins: British Academy recognises excellence in the humanities and social sciences". The British Academy. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. Curl, 1977, viii