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Dr Frank Salmon MA (Cantab. and London), PhD, FSA

Dr Frank Salmon, MA (Cantab. and London), PhD, FSA

Senior University Lecturer in the History of Art

President of St John's College 2015-2019

Director of Studies for St John's, Downing and Sidney Sussex Colleges

Undergraduate Admissions Convenor

Office Phone: 01223 339366

Research Interests

Frank Salmon specialises in the history of post-medieval British architecture in its European contexts. His first book, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture (2000) jointly won the 2001 Whitfield Prize of the Royal Historical Society and the 2002 Spiro Kostof Prize of the American Society of Architectural Historians. In 2006 he edited a volume for Yale University Press, Summerson and Hitchcock: Centenary Essays on Architectural Historiography. Subsequently he worked on Greek archaeology and antiquarianism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, publishing major essays in S. Weber Soros, ed., James 'Athenian' Stuart (Yale University Press, 2006) and on C.R. Cockerell and the discovery of the entasis of the Parthenon in The Persistence of the Classical (2009), a book that he also edited. 

Dr Salmon's substantial reassessment of William Kent's public architecture, including unbuilt designs for new Houses of Parliament, appeared in William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (Yale University Press, 2013), the book that accompanied the major Kent exhibition held at the Bard Center, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2014. Films in which Dr Salmon describes this work can be viewed on the BBC website (short version) and at (full version). He is currently preparing a book on Italianate architecture in Victorian Britain.

Educated at Cambridge and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Frank Salmon lectured at the University of Manchester from 1989 to 2002 and was Assistant Director for Academic Activities at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London and adjunct Associate Professor of the History of Art at the Mellon Centre's mother institution, Yale University, prior to his return to Cambridge in 2006. He served as Head of Department from 2009 to 2012.  He is currently a member of the national Historic England Advisory Committee, which advises the Government's statutory body on the heritage impact of such difficult and high-profile cases as the proposed HS2 rail link, the A303 road tunnel near Stonehenge, the third runway at Heathrow Airport, the listing of later twentieth-century buildings, and proposed alterations to older listed buildings and scheduled monuments.