Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering


Contact details

Room: 6E 3.26
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383351

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Architecture of ancient Greece and Rome
  • Architectural theory in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • The classical tradition and its reception

Mark Wilson Jones

BA MA DipArch


Mark Wilson Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Director of Postgraduate Research. He teaches architectural history and theory at different levels. His research concentrates on ancient architecture and its design, along with the ramifications for developments since the Renaissance.

Mark Wilson Jones is an architect and architectural historian. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge and a diploma in architecture (RIBA Part 2) at the University of Westminster (then PCL) he went on to win tenure of the Rome Prize in Architecture at the British School at Rome. Before moving to Bath in 2000 he combined research into architectural history and archaeology with private practice in London and Rome and part-time teaching at the University of Rome and several American Universities and research institutes.

His book Principles of Roman Architecture was the first ever book to be awarded both the Banister Fletcher Prize and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion.


Research interests relate predominantly to the classical tradition, with particular focus on ancient Greece, ancient Rome and Renaissance Italy. A seperate speciality is the protection of archaeological sites and the nature of new architectural interventions. Current research projects include:

  • The origins of the orders and the tradition of temple building in ancient Greece
  • The history and building of the Pantheon in Rome
  • The emergence of Modernist design principles from the 18th century to the early 20th Century

Forthcoming publications include a book on the origins of Greek architectural design (Yale University Press) and another on the Pantheon in Rome (Cambridge University Press).



Marder, T. A. and Wilson Jones, M., eds., 2015. The Pantheon:From Antiquity to the Present. Cambridge University Press.

Wilson Jones, M., 2014. Origins of Classical Architecture:Temples, Orders and Gifts to the Gods in Ancient Greece. Yale University Press.

Wilson Jones, M., 2000. Principles of Roman Architecture. Yale University Press.

Book Sections

Wilson Jones, M., 2016. Reflections on Interpretation: the origins of the Doric frieze. In: Zampas, K., ed. Architektōn : timētikos tomos gia ton kathēgētē Manolē Korre = Honorary volume for professor Manolis Korres. Athens: Melissa, pp. 645-658.

Wilson Jones, M., 2015. Building on adversity:the Pantheon and the problems of its construction. In: Marder, T. A. and Wilson Jones, M., eds. The Pantheon. Cambridge, U. K.: Cambridge University Press, pp. 193-230.

Jones, M. W., 2015. Ancient architecture and mathematics:methodology and the doric temple. In: Williams, K. and Ostwald, M., eds. Architecture and Mathematics from Antiquity to the Future: Volume I: Antiquity to the 1500s. London, U. K.: Birkhäuser, pp. 271-295.

Wilson Jones, M., 2015. Ancient architecture and mathematics:methodology and the doric temple. In: Ostwald, M. J., ed. Architecture and Mathematics from Antiquity to the Future. Heidelberg, Germany: Birkhäuser, pp. 271-295.

Wilson Jones, M., 2015. Greek and Roman Architectural Theory. In: Marconi, C., ed. The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 41-69.

Wilson Jones, M., 2015. The Origins of the Orders:Unity in Multiplicity. In: Reeve, M. M., ed. Architecture and the Classical Tradition, from Pliny to Posterity, Tributes to Pierre Du Prey. London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller Publishers, pp. 7-26.

Wilson Jones, M., Herdt, G., Erkal, A. and D'Ayala, D. F., 2014. The structural assessment of ancient building components:The Temple of Artemis at Corfu. In: Verhagen, P., ed. Archaeology in the Digital Era. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 130-137.

Wilson Jones, M., 2013. Who built the Pantheon?:Agrippa, Hadrian, Trajan and Apollodorus. In: Opper, T., ed. Hadrian. London, U. K.: The British Museum, pp. 31-49. (British Museum Research Publication; 175)

Wilson Jones, M., 2009. Ancient Greek and Roman architects’ approach to curvature – the Corinthian capital, entasis and amphitheaters. In: Nowacki, H. and Lefèvre, W., eds. Creating Shapes in Civil and Naval Architecture: A Cross-Disciplinary Comparison. Leidon: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 93-116. (History of Science and Medicine Library)

Wilson Jones, M., 2009. The Pantheon and the phasing of its construction. In: Graßhoff, G., Heinzelmann, M. and Wäfler, M., eds. The Pantheon in Rome. Contributions to the Conference, Bern, November 9-12, 2006. Bern: Bern Studies, pp. 69-87.

Wilson Jones, M., 2009. The setting out of amphitheatres:ellipse or oval? In: Wilmott, T., ed. Roman Amphitheatres and Spectacula.Vol. 1946. Oxford, U. K.: Archaeopress, pp. 5-14. (British Archaeological Reports International Series)

Wilson Jones, M., 2006. Ancient Architecture and Mathematics: Methodology and the Doric Temple. In: Duvernoy, S. and Pedemonte, O., eds. Nexus VI: Architecture and Mathematics.Vol. 6. Turin, Italy: Kim Williams Books, pp. 1-20.

Wilson Jones, M., 2002. Doric Figuration. In: Tavernor, R. and Dodds, G., eds. Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 65-76.

Wilson Jones, M., 1999. L'ordine architettonico dell'Hadrianeum:Forma e norme. In: Sapelli, M. and Claridge, A., eds. Provinciae fideles. Il fregio del Tempio di Adriano in Campo Marzio. Roma, pp. 129-139.

Wilson Jones, M., 1999. The Practicalities of Roman Entasis. In: Haselberger, L. and Bankel, H., eds. Appearance and Essence: Refinements of Classical Architecture - Curvature : Proceedings of the Second Williams Symposium on Classical Architecture. Philadelphia: UPenn Museum of Archaeology, pp. 225-249.

Wilson Jones, M., 1997. Los procesos del diseño arquitectónico: comprender Vitruvio a partir del los dibujos y maquetas romanas. In: Las casas del alma (5500 aC-300 dC). Maquetas arquitectónicas de la antigüedad. Barcelona: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, pp. 119-128.

Wilson Jones, M., 1996. The orders in antiquity. In: Turner, J., ed. Dictionary of Art.Vol. 13. Macmillian, pp. 447-484.


Wilson Jones, M., 2016. The Illustrated Forum:review of G.J. Gorski, J.E. Packer, The Roman Forum. A Reconstruction and Architectural Guide. Pp. xxii + 437, b/w & colour ills. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-521-19244-6. The Classical Review, 66 (2).

Wilson Jones, M., 2016. Models of interpreting visual culture. Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Wilson Jones, M. and Herdt, G., 2010. Neue Techniken zur Bauaufnahme. Antike Welt, 1, pp. 78-83.

Herdt, G. and Wilson Jones, M., 2008. Scanning ancient building components. Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation (PFG), 4, pp. 245-251.

Wilson Jones, M., 2002. Tripods, Triglyphs, and the Origin of the Doric Frieze. American Journal of Archaeology, 106 (3), pp. 353-390.

Wilson Jones, M., 2001. Doric Measure and Architectural Design 2: A Modular Reading of the Classical Temple. American Journal of Archaeology, 105 (4), pp. 675-713.

Wilson Jones, M., 2000. Genesis and Mimesis: The Design of the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Journal of Society of Architectural Historians, 59 (1), pp. 50-77.

Wilson Jones, M., 2000. Doric Measure and Architectural Design 1: The Evidence of the Relief from Salamis. American Journal of Archaeology, 104 (1), pp. 73-93.

Wilson Jones, M. and Jacobson, D. M., 1999. The annexe of the 'Temple of Venus' at Baiae: an exercise in Roman geometrical planning. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 12, pp. 57-71.

Wilson Jones, M., 1995. L'arco di Costantino: un'analisi delle proporzioni. Archeologia Laziale, 12, pp. 58-61.

Wilson Jones, M., 1993. Designing amphitheatres. Römische Mitteilungen, 100, pp. 391-441.

Wilson Jones, M., 1993. One hundred feet and a spiral stair: the problem of designing Trajan's Column. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 6, pp. 23-38.

Wilson Jones, M., 1991. Designing the Roman Corinthian capital. Papers of the British School at Rome, 59, pp. 89-150.

Wilson Jones, M., 1990. The Tempietto and the roots of coincidence. Architectural History, 33, pp. 1-28.

Wilson Jones, M., 1989. Designing the Roman Corinthian order. Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2, pp. 35-69.

Wilson Jones, M., 1989. Principles of design in Roman architecture: the setting out of centralised buildings. Papers of the British School at Rome, 57, pp. 106-151.

Wilson Jones, M., 1988. Palazzo Massimo and Baldassare Peruzzi's approach to architectural design. Architectural History, 31, pp. 59-85.

Wilson Jones, M., Davies, P. and Hemsoll, D., 1987. The Pantheon: a triumph of Rome or a triumph of compromise? Art History, 10, pp. 133-153.


Wilson Jones, M., Richens, P., Herdt, G. and , T. S. T. L., 2009. Early examples of the ionic capital. [Dataset]

Wilson Jones, M., Richens, P., Herdt, G. and , T. S. T. L., 2009. Early examples of the ionic capital. 7: Corner Capital – Delos Museum. [Dataset]

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