Eugene studied at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Reading, looking at the history of Rome under fascism. While his research has focused most recently on urban design and planning of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he maintains diverse interests in art and architectural history, from Renaissance self-portraiture to futurist aesthetics, and in the modern history of Italy.
A London-based writer, historian and curator of architecture, Owen is currently Senior Curator of Exhibitions and Education at Sir John Soane's Museum. Prior to that he was Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including most recently 'The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture' and 'Nicholas Hawksmoor: Architect of the Imagination' in 2012. He is the author of five books, including 'From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor' (Reaktion, 2015), and is also the editor of three collections of essays. He has lectured internationally and has also appeared on national TV and radio.
Catherine qualified as a Blue Badge Guide in 2009, a City of Westminster Guide in 2006 and a City of London Guide in 2005. Catherine now tutors on the Westminster Guiding Course at the University of Westminster. She works part time at ITN as a broadcast journalist/ news editor and part time as a tour guide. Combining these two story-telling disciplines, Catherine also makes podcasts about unusual sites around London. Catherine used to work in an investment bank for over seven years. She now prefers sharing stories about London with visitors and helping them have a lovey time in the capital city. She has an MA in History of Art, an MA in broadcast journalism and a BA in Drama. She is a counsellor at Childline.