Emeritus Professor of the History of Architecture
Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse
Professor Watkin's research interest is classical architecture from antiquity onwards, but particularly from the eighteenth century to the present day. He has published on general topics including A History of Western Architecture (4th ed. 2004) and English Architecture: A Concise History (rev. ed. 2001), as well as more specialised monographs on Thomas Hope, James "Athenian" Stuart, and C. R. Cockerell. His Sir John Soane: Enlightenment Thought and the Royal Academy Lectures (1996) received the Banister Fletcher award, and his other publications include German Architecture and the Classical Ideal: 1740-1840 (1987); Morality and Architecture Revisited (2001);The Architect King: George III and the Culture of the Enlightenment (2004); Radical Classicism: The Architecture of Quinlan Terry (2006); Thomas Hope: Regency Designer (2008), and The Roman Forum (2009).
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and Vice-President of the Georgian Group, a leading architectural conservation body.