1987 …2017
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Research interests

I am an architect and architectural historian whose research can cross over into the domain of archaeology. Having begun my architectural training at the University of Cambridge and completed it at the then Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster) I was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture at the British School at Rome.  After several years combining research with architetural practice in London and Rome, I joined the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering here in 2000, where I teach primarily architectural history and theory.

My research interests revolve around issues of design, especially as regards the ancient period and the classical way of building. I like to understand why and how certain forms and patterns came into being and endured. Various research projects have benefited from funding from the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the AHRC in the UK, along with the Graham Foundation and the Samuel Kress Foundation in the US. Principles of Roman Architecture (Yale UP 2000) is the only book to have been awarded both the Banister Fletcher Prize by the RIBA and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion by the Society of Architectural Historians (UK). Another book with the same press, Origins of Classical Architecture, was published in 2014, while The Pantheon in Rome from Antiquity to the Present, co-edited with Tod Marder (Cambridge University 2015) won the American PROSE for best book of that year.

Aside from miscellaneous publications (including on the design of the Parthenon in Athens), my primary current research relates to the funded three-year fellowship for the project Emulation to Replication. Shifting Modes of Architectural Design.

 

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Projects 2006 2009

Gifts to the Gods

Wilson Jones, M.

1/01/0930/06/09

Project: Research council

Deity
Gift
Temple
Religion
Sanctuary
Ionic
Vocabulary
Doric
Three-dimensional
Archaeology

Research Output 1987 2017

Approaches to Architectural Proportion and the ‘Poor old Parthenon’

Wilson Jones, M., 2017, (Accepted/In press) Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture. A Critical Reconsideration. Cohen, M. A. & Delbeke, M. (eds.). Leiden: Leiden University Press, 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Proportion
Parthenon
Genius
Western Civilization
Vitruvius

Built Offering: On the Conception and Design of the Greek Temple

Wilson Jones, M., 2017, (Accepted/In press) Ancient Greek Cult II: Sacred Architecture - Sacred Space - Sacred Objects. : An International Colloquium in Honor of Erik Hansen. Jensen, J. T., Hinge, G., Schultz, P. & Wickkiser, B. L. (eds.). Copenhagen: DIOMEDES Press, 15 p. (Monographs of the Danish Institute for Mediterranean Studies ; vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Temple
Conception
Deity
Roman Architecture
Designer

Garden as Laboratory in the Work of John Evelyn: Baconian Intentions and the Hermetic Legacy

Odgers, J., 2017, 395 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Intentions
Nature
Gardening
Mystic
Harmony

La basilique de Volubilis : quelques considérations architecturales

Wilson Jones, M., 2017, (Accepted/In press) Volubilis après Rome. Fentress, E. & Limane, H. (eds.). Brill, 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Encore
Public Monuments
Restauration
Personnel
Elevation

Non-architectural sources for Greek and Roman architectural form

Wilson Jones, M., 2017, Decor. Decorazione e architettura nel mondo romano. : Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Roma, 21-24 maggio 2014. Rome: Quasar, p. 87-102 15 p. (Thiasos; vol. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Metalwork
Corinthians
Marble
Motifs
Rosette

Thesis

Dissipative anchor devices for the seismic retrofit of heritage buildings

Author: Paganoni, S., 7 Jan 2016

Supervisor: Wilson Jones, M. (Supervisor) & D'Ayala, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Elizabeth Whitworth Scott (1898-1972): The Architect of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre

Author: Howard, S., 1 Aug 2009

Supervisor: Samuel, F. (Supervisor) & Wilson Jones, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil

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Garden as Laboratory in the Work of John Evelyn: Baconian Intentions and the Hermetic Legacy

Author: Odgers, J., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Hart, V. (Supervisor) & Wilson Jones, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Place-making for the Imagination: Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill

Author: Harney, M., 1 Sep 2011

Supervisor: Wilson Jones, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

The Destruction of Hailes Abbey: A Case Study in Pillaging at the Dissolution

Author: Lazanski, D., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Wilson Jones, M. (Supervisor) & Hart, V. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil