Ian Davis, an architect, was in practice for twelve years in the UK and USA before spending twenty years lecturing in the School of Architecture in Oxford Brookes University (formerly Oxford Polytechnic).
From the early 1970’s he embarked on a new career studying and advising the UN and Governments on Shelter following Disasters and Disaster Risk Management, involving travel to over 45 countries.
In parallel, he has developed an interest in watercolour painting, writing and lecturing about Oxford and its rich architecture and landscape. This book brings together his lectures, walking tours, articles, paintings and drawings resulting from work that spans almost fifty years. The book is illustrated with over 100 drawings and paintings of Oxford. The originals, aside from those loaned, are all available for purchase. These can be seen here.
13/2/24 - ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF 'EXPERIENCING OXFORD' SECOND EDITION IN FEBRUARY 2024
The new edition contains 68 new pages, making a total of 386 pages. This includes 130 watercolour paintings and drawings by the author. It retails in shops for £30 (35 Euros or 40 USD per book). Add in posting costs as follows: £5 (UK); £20 (Europe); £25 (International); £30 (USA). The book can be purchased through this website or on Amazon.
You can find out more about the second edition in the brochure, which you can view by clicking here. Additional information, including a description of new material and paintings, can be found in the publisher's brochure, which you can view by clicking here.
8/7/20 - RECORDING OF VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH NOW LIVE
The recording of the virtual launch of Experiencing Oxford, kindly hosted by the St Margaret's Area Society, is now available to view online. Please browse to the Virtual Book Launch page on the website by clicking here or via the toolbar.
2/7/20 - EXPERIENCING OXFORD PODCAST
We are happy to say that the Experiencing Oxford podcast is now available online through this link: https://anchor.fm/experiencingoxford. You can also listen to the podcast on Spotify, and in the coming days it will become available on Apple and Google Podcasts.
The first episode is set in Radcliffe Square, where Ian guides his grandson Joseph through the spatial and tactile layers of the square and its buildings. There are plans for four more episodes, each taking place in different parts of Oxford and all linking to chapters from the book.
Also, many thanks to all those who joined us on Saturday for the virtual launch, it was a lovely occasion! We will upload the recorded video of the launch online in the coming weeks, so stay tuned if you missed out on the live version.
7/5/20 - ENDORSEMENTS FROM AUTHORS AND ARCHITECTS
Full endorsements by authors such as Jan Morris and Tim Pears, and architects such as Juhani Pallasmaa and John F.C. Turner, are now available to view under the 'Book' tab or through the following links:
Author endorsements: click here
Architectural endorsements: click here
22/4/20 - READERS' RESPONSES TO EXPERIENCING OXFORD
Ian wishes to thank everyone who has kindly sent in their responses to the book, a selection of which can now be seen at the following link: https://ianrobertdavis.com/Exploring-Oxford-Book/Responses-to-Experiencing-Oxford.
19/3/20 - UPDATE ON PURCHASING BOOKS AND PRINTS
In view of the ongoing coronavirus situation, it has not been possible to get books into shops at present. If you wish to purchase a book or print, please do so through our website - instructions are below. Otherwise, if you would rather pay by post, please contact Ian at email@example.com.
18/3/20 - SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE
Experiencing Oxford now has its own Facebook and Instagram pages - see the links below. Give us a like or follow for the latest information on the book, and also for regular posts with pictures and extracts from the book.
6/3 - MESSAGE FROM IAN: INTRODUCING EXPERIENCING OXFORD
2/3 - INTERVIEW WITH CONOR GALLAGHER, BOOK DESIGNER
Ian Davis recently interviewed the talented Conor Gallagher, designer of Experiencing Oxford, about everything that went into designing the book and the experience of seeing it printed. Click *here* to read.
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