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Perit Conrad Thake

Perit Conrad Thake is an architect, architectural historian, and an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Malta. He graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture and Civil Engineering degree from the University of Malta (1988) and pursued postgraduate studies in North America graduating with an MA in Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada (1990) and a Ph.D. degree in Architecture, at University of California, at Berkeley, USA (1996). Throughout his architectural and planning career he worked on various development briefs for urban regeneration projects and supervised various restoration projects.

He has co-authored with the late Quentin Hughes the two volumes Malta – The Baroque Island, (2003) and Malta – War & Peace, an Architectural Chronicle 1800-2000, (2005). As a Resident Academic at the University of Malta, he has published several books on Maltese architecture including William Scamp – A British Admiralty Architect in Malta (2011), The Ottoman Muslim Cemetery in Malta (2016), Ta’ Braxia Cemetery (2017), Contemporary Architecture in Malta (2016), Portals of Valletta (2017), Art Nouveau to Modernism: Architecture in Malta, 1910-1950 (2021), and his most recent book Architecture – Visions on Paper (2022).

His research and publications on various aspects of Maltese architecture were recognised with awards by ‘The Malta Historical Society’ and the ‘Malta National Book Council.’  Thake has published in several international journals and participated in prestigious overseas fora such as the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, the Salzburg Academy, and the Paul Getty Centre in Los Angeles, US. Throughout his career, architect Conrad Thake has strived to promote and disseminate knowledge and greater awareness on local architectural heritage matters. This he has done reaching out not only to fellow academics but members of the general public by means of his research, publications, lectures, programmes, interviews on the media, and social activism.