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Research interests

Vaughan Hart is a Professor of Architecture.

He studied Architecture at both Bath and Cambridge Universities (Trinity Hall) and worked as an architectural assistant to Colin St John Wilson on the British Library project in London before studying for a doctorate in Cambridge under Joseph Rykwert.

Vaughan’s research has focused on the Italian architectural treatises and British architectural history of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.


Vaughan's research interests lie with the symbolic function of architecture and with the meaning of architectural forms.

He is the co-translator (with Peter Hicks) of the treatises of Sebastiano Serlio, and he has also translated the two guidebooks to Rome published by Andrea Palladio and will publish (again with Peter Hicks) in 2016 a translation of Sansovino's guide to Venice.

His monographs include influential studies of the work of architects such as Inigo Jones and Sir John Vanbrugh and, in 2005, Vaughan was awarded the Best Book on British Art Prize of the American College Art Association for his study of Nicholas Hawksmoor. 

In 1997 Vaughan was the curator of an exhibition entitled 'Paper Palaces: Architectural books from 1472 to 1800 in the collection of Cambridge University Library'. This was comprised of architectural prints, manuscripts and over 140 rare books and incunabula, and was held in the Adeane Gallery of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

In 2008 he co-organised (with Hicks and Alan Day) the exhibition 'Palladio's Rome' held at the British School at Rome, and in 2009 he co-organised (again with Hicks and Day) an exhibition of research held at the Réfectoire des Cordeliers at the Sorbonne, Paris.

Vaughan has pioneered the use of the computer to visualise lost buildings and investigate historic forms. His work has been displayed in the 1993 and 1995 Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, in the National Theatre Museum at Covent Garden, the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and in the ‘Nelson and Napoleon’ exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, London, in 2005.

Vaughan has held visiting posts as a Senior Fellow of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in 2005, and as a Visiting Scholar at St John's College, Oxford in the same year. In 2009 he was an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

He is currently a visiting Professor at Kent University and is a Member of the advisory board of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, an independent research institute within the University of Helsinki, Finland, 2012-20

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Renaissance architectural literature
  • English Renaissance architecture
  • English Baroque architecture 

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Research Output

Vitruvius and English Architecture up to 'Vitruvius Britannicus’

Hart, V., 2020, Companion to the Reception of Vitruvius. Ingrid, R. & Bell, S. (eds.). Brill, (Brill's Companions to Classical Reception).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

British Classicism to 1700 and the Search for a National Architectural Style

Hart, V., 1 Mar 2017, Companion to the History of Architecture: Renaissance and Baroque Architecture. Payne, A. (ed.). Chichester, U. K.: Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 1. p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Five Building Portraits: Greenwich, Blenheim, St Mary le Strand, All Souls and the Radcliffe Camera

Hart, V., 2017, Companions to the History of Architecture. van Eck, C. (ed.). Chichester, U. K.: Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Inigo Jones

Hart, V., 1 Oct 2017, Oxford Bibliographies in Art History.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Thesis

    From Classicist to Eclectic: The Stylistic Development of H. E. Goodridge

    Author: Frost, A., 1 Jun 2009

    Supervisor: Hart, V. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    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


    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


    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

    Tradition and Modernity in Bath Between the Wars

    Author: Pakes, R., 25 Apr 2016

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

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil