John McKean, having trained as architect and then historian, worked also as journalist and critic before spending a dozen years as the Professor of Architecture at Brighton University England. He is found at http://johnmckean.co.uk.
Recently concentrating on writing, painting, drawing and freelance lecturing, he has been involved in a complete rewriting of the standard world history of architecture known as 'Banister Fletcher,' following the last edition by Dan Cruickshank.
Mainly writing about the social history of architecture and design in the past 150 years, John has on TV (BBC and C4) variously discussed The Crystal Palace and The Royal Festival Hall about each of which he wrote a monograph, and appeared in a major BBC4 documentary on the architect Daniel Libeskind whom he has known from student days.
His first book was on the European and English modernist architect Walter Segal (English/German parallel texts, 1989), his last on the key 20th Century Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo (English and French versions, 2004).
Over the years he has written books on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, from small introductory volumes, and a continually updated Pocket Guide, to a major study of his life (2000, second edition 2001) called Charles Rennie Mackintosh; Architect, Artist, Icon. He continues to work on Mackintosh - and he adds a warning to readers: do not be confused by books by him with incredibly similar titles but different publishers and very different contents!
Two of John McKean's books have won awards, two have been among the 'books of the year' and one was the 'book of the month' in leading architectural journals; his 'Architect, Artist, Icon' book on Mackintosh reached the Guardian/Observer bestseller list for art books.