Rory Fraser is a painter, presenter and unapologetic architecture nerd. Rory is fascinated by how architecture encapsulates ideas and, as the most easily accessible and tangible of artforms, acts as the best vehicle to chart cultural change and trace it to the present day. After studying English at Oxford University, Rory explored this in his first book Follies: An Architectural Journey (2020), a history of English architecture through follies. The book was described as a ‘compendium of joy’ by The Times, compared to Evelyn Waugh’s travel writing by The Wall Street Journal and featured on the BBC as well as the LRB’s book of the week. A five-part documentary of the book presented by Rory was released on the global streaming platform Shelter Stream in 2022. It was recommended by The Sydney Morning Herald. Rory then completed an MPhil in Architectural History at Cambridge University on the English Baroque, with an emphasis on its relationship with the Ottoman and Mughal Empires. Rory lives in London where he divides his time between writing, lecturing, and painting architectural commissions. His forthcoming book, Castles in the Air: John Vanburgh and the Birth of Britain, will be published by William Collins in 2026.
Rory is represented by Charlotte Merritt.