1987 …2020

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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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Wilson Jones, M.



Project: Research council

  • Research Output

    Old Questions and New Approaches: the significance of affinities between the tectonic arts and the technical arts of ancient Greece

    Wilson Jones, M., 2020, New Directions and Paradigms for the Study of Greek Architecture. : Interdisciplinary Dialogues in the Field. . Saperstein, P. & Scahill, D. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 178–198 21 p. (Monumenta Graeca et Romana ; vol. 25).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Approaches to Architectural Proportion and the ‘Poor old Parthenon’

    Wilson Jones, M., 21 Jan 2019, Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture. A Critical Reconsideration. Cohen, M. A. & Delbeke, M. (eds.). Leiden: Leiden University Press, p. 199-232 33 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • La Colonna Traiana e il progetto architettonico di Apollodoro

    Wilson Jones, M., 21 Jun 2019, L’arte di costruire un capolavoro: la Colonna Traiana. Florence: Le Gallerie degli Uffizi and Giunti Editore S. p. A. , p. 55-67 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    La basilique de Volubilis: quelques considérations architecturales

    Wilson Jones, M., 26 Nov 2018, Volubilis après Rome. Fentress, E. & Limane, H. (eds.). Brill, p. 13-37 15 p. (Arts and Archaeology of the Islamic World ; vol. 11).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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

  • 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


    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


    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

    Spolia Britannica: The historical use of salvaged building materials in Britain

    Author: Heaton, M., 1 Apr 2016

    Supervisor: Hart, V. (Supervisor), Wilson Jones, M. (Supervisor), Charrington, H. (Supervisor) & Nevola, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil