Emma Jones teaches the history and theory of architecture and is a founding member of TEN – an association of young architects, teachers and researchers based in Zurich, winners of the Swiss Art Awards architecture category in 2018. From 2020 to 2022 she has been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum and UCL Bartlett, for her current research project “Built by the Book: The Global Impact of the Building Manual and Trade Catalogue in Nineteenth Century London”. She is also co-curator of the upcoming exhibition ‘Das Gesims/The Cornice’ at the Graphische Sammlung/gta exhibitions in Zurich in 2021.
An Australian-born architect, historian and writer, Emma was educated at the University of Sydney and at the Architectural Association, London, and has subsequently worked in architectural practice in both cities. She obtained a PhD from the University of Zurich, supervised by Prof. Martino Stierli, with the thesis “Schinkel in Perspective: Architecture as Representation and Experience” – a new account of the drawing practice of the Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
Her current research is focused on the perceptual translations occurring between architecture and its drawn and printed representations, particularly in early nineteenth century Berlin and London; and the relationship between books and buildings in architectural culture. She conceived of and now leads the “Re:public: Books and Buildings” Summer School in Venice, taught in collaboration with Maarten Delbeke and TEN.
Emma’s writings on architecture and its relationship to drawing have appeared in “AA Files”, “San Rocco” and the “Architectural Review” among other publications, and she has participated in exhibitions and teaching workshops in Venice, Croatia, London and Sydney.