Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Professor Vaughan Hart

Contact details

Room: 4ES 5.13
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386361

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

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

Professor Vaughan Hart

BSc BArch MPhil PhD


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.


  • History and Theory (BSc Architecture, Years 2 and 3)
  • Research papers



Hart, V., 2018. Christopher Wren. Yale University Press.

Hart, V. and Hicks, P., 2017. Sansovino's Venice. Yale University Press.

Hart, V. and Hicks, P., 2014. Sebastiano Serlio on Architecture:Volume 1 - Chinese translation. China Architecture & Building Press.

Hart, V., 2011. Inigo Jones:The Architect of Kings. Yale University Press for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Hart, V., 2008. Sir John Vanbrugh:Storyteller in Stone. Yale University Press for The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Hart, V. and Hicks, P., 2006. Palladio's Rome: a translation of Andrea Palladio's two guidebooks to Rome. Yale University Press.

Hart, V., 2002. Nicholas Hawksmoor: rebuilding ancient wonders. Yale University Press. (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

Hart, V., 2001. Sebastiano Serlio on Architecture: Volume Two: Books VI and VII of 'Tutte l'opere d'architettura et prospetiva'.Vol. 2. Yale University Press.

Hart, V. and Hicks, P., eds., 1998. Paper Palaces: Rise of the Renaissance Architectural Treatise. Yale University Press.

Book Sections

Hart, V., 2018. Vitruvius and English Architecture up to 'Vitruvius Britannicus’. In: Ingrid, R. and Bell, S., eds. Companion to the Reception of Vitruvius. Brill Academic Publishers.

Hart, V., 2016. Forthcoming. British Classicism to 1700 and the Search for a National Architectural Style. In: Payne, A., ed. Companion to Early Modern Architecture. Chichester, U. K.: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hart, V., 2016. Forthcoming. Five building portraits:Greenwich, Blenheim, St Mary le Strand, All Souls and the Radcliffe Camera. In: van Eck, C., ed. Companion to Architectural Theory and Practice, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. Chichester, U. K.: Wiley-Blackwell.

Hart, V., 2010. Stadium. In: Grafton, A., Most, G. W. and Settis, S., eds. The Classical Tradition. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 907.

Hart, V., 2010. Theatre Architecture. In: Grafton, A., Most, G. W. and Settis, S., eds. The Classical Tradition. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 933-994.

Hart, V., 2003. 'Of little or even no importance to the architect': on absent ideals in Serlio's drawings in the Sixth Book, on domestic architecture. In: Palmer, R. and Frangenberg, T., eds. The Rise of the Image: Essays on the History of the Illustrated Art Book. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 87-104.

Hart, V., 2002. On Inigo Jones and the Stuart Legal Body. In: Tavernor, R., ed. Body and Building. Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 138-149.


Hart, V., 2017. Forthcoming. London's Standard:Christopher Wren and the Heraldry of the Monument. Journal of the Heraldry Society

Hart, V., 2015. Untitled review. The Oriental Ceramics Society Newsletter, 23.

Hart, V., 2015. The Chinese Porcelain Display in the Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul. The Oriental Ceramics Society Newsletter, 23.

Hart, V., 2013. Book Review of Temple Beauties':The Entrance-Portico in the Architecture of Great Britain 1630–1850. The Burlington Magazine, April, pp. 261-262.

Hart, V., 2013. A copy of the Oxford edition of Andrea Palladio's L'Antichita di Roma (1709). The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 14 (2), pp. 208-212.

Hart, V., 2013. Book Review of Inigo's Stones, Inigo Jones, Royal Marbles and Imperial Power. Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Newsletter, 2013 (108), p. 20.

Hart, V., 2013. Book Review of Woolwich. Survey of London:Volume 48. The Burlington Magazine, October, pp. 717-718.

Hart, V., 2012. Book Review of Venice Disputed. Marc' Antonio Barbaro and Venecian Architecture, 1500-1600. European Architectural History Network Newsletter

Hart, V., 2012. Book review of The Eighteenth-Century Church in Britain. Ecclesiological Society, 45, pp. 94-95.

Hart, V., 2012. Inigo Jones. Allegemeines Kunstlerlexikon

Hart, V., 2010. Inigo Jones, 'Vitruvius Britannicus'. Architectural History: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 53, pp. 1-39.

Hart, V., 2010. Inigo Jones:The Column and the Crown. Centre 30: National Gallery of Art, CASVA, 30, pp. 100-103.

Day, A. and Hart, V., 2007. The architectural guidebook:from Palladio to Pod. Architectural Research Quarterly, 11 (2), pp. 151-158.

Hart, V., Day, A. and Robson, J., 2005. How historians are now using computer technology: investigating spatial effects in architecture and painting. GIM International, 19 (9), pp. 13-15.

Hart, V., 2003. A Pretty Impudent Countenance: John Vanbrugh's Seaton Delaval. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 7, p. 311.

Hart, V. and Tucker, R., 2002. Ornament and the Work of Inigo Jones. Architectura, 32, pp. 36-52.

Hart, V. and Tucker, R., 2001. "Immaginacy Set Free": Aristotelian Ethics and Inigo Jones's Banqueting House at Whitehall. Res: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, 39, p. 151.

Hart, V., Day, A. and Robson, J., 1997. A computer reconstruction of Inigo Jones's Covent Garden Piazza, London, c.1640. Computers and the History of Art, 7 (2), pp. 81-86.

Hart, V. and Day, A., 1995. A computer model of the theatre of Sebastiano Serlio, 1545. Computers and the History of Art, 5 (1), pp. 41-52.


Hart, V. and Hicks, P., 2008. Palladio's Rome. Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University.

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