Emma Jones
former assistant
Curriculum vitae

Emma Jones teaches the history and theory of architecture at the gta Institute, ETH Zurich, in the Chair of Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke, 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 passed her PhD examination in 2016 at 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. Alongside currently developing her thesis for publication, she has been a design studio director at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the ALICE Laboratory.

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.