Gillian Darley OBE is a writer, journalist and broadcaster on architecture and landscape. Her Villages of Vision (reissued, revised in 2007) is a pioneering work on planned and utopian communities.
She has written biographies of three important figures in the shaping of London, Octavia Hill, John Soane and John Evelyn. In the mid 1990s, she was the Director of Geoffrey Jellicoe’s Landscape Foundation.
Her most recent book (co-authored with David McKie) is Ian Nairn: Words in Place (2013), on the architectural polemicist who coined the term ‘subtopia’ to describe the widespread degradation of the built environment in the mid 20th century. Her next book will be on Essex.