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Mark Wilson Jones was recently awarded one of only five international research fellowships from the Canadian Centre for Architecture
Mark Wilson Jones was recently awarded one of only five international research fellowships from the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Internal News - 23 June 2006

Top Canadian fellowship for University architectural historian

Mark Wilson Jones, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, was recently awarded one of only five international research fellowships from the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Mr Wilson Jones’ research combines architectural history with archaeology. He specialises in the Classical traditions of ancient and Renaissance architecture and spends much of his time in Rome and Athens. During his Canadian tenure his major research project – ‘Modernism and the Myth of Origins’ will focus on the relationship between modern design principles and the perceptions about the architecture of the ancient world.

He said: “Many significant modern architects have claimed their designs share parallel qualities with the honest, forthright and functional monuments of the ancient world, rather than more ornamental designs from, say, the Victorian period. I will be looking at this trend of justifying modern design theory by appeal to notions of origins.

“The Canadian Centre for Architecture is one of very few places in the world that has the resources I need for this project, with its wonderful library. I am also looking forward to meeting and sharing ideas with the other scholars and researchers who will be based there. Great ideas can even spring out casual conversations.”

Mr Wilson Jones joined the University in 2000, having previously combined independent research with private practice. Having won two prestigious prizes for his last book on Roman architecture, he is currently working on a book on the Pantheon in Rome, as well as one on the origins of the Greek architectural orders, of which the forthcoming project is an offshoot.

The Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) awards five international research fellowships as part of its 2006–2007 Visiting Scholars Program. Created for scholars and architects from around the world who are conducting research at a post-doctoral level, the program allows researchers to pursue their work during residencies of three to eight months.

The offer of the fellowship was made by the Study Centre’s Consultative Committee, an international body of architects and scholars, which reviewed 37 proposals from 15 countries. Mr Wilson Jones will be based at the centre, along with the other visiting scholars, between May and August 2007.

Inaugurated in September 1997, the CCA’s Study Centre is an international institute devoted to advanced research on architecture, its history and theory. The Study Centre aims at fostering scientific exchange, debate, and the emergence of innovative ideas. It offers a program of seminars, lectures, and other research activities intended to create and maintain a forum of exchange for CCA visiting scholars, professionals, the academic community and the public.

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