Mr Jonathan Taylor


I have taught at Kingston School of Art since 2010 and have led MArch Unit 6 with Timothy Smith since 2013.

I combine my academic role with the practice of architecture as co-partner of Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor Architects. Alongside these complementary professional and academic roles, my research interest centres around the use of classical language in contemporary architecture.

The practice was recently featured in the Architecture Foundation's publication 'New Architects 3', the definitive survey of the best practices formed in the last 10 years. Projects by the practice have been shortlisted for the Brick Awards, AJ Small Projects competition and for an RIBA Yorkshire Award. The practice has given lectures concerning its work in Zürich, Sweden, Oslo, London, Brighton, and the USA.

Before establishing Smith & Taylor, I studied in Scotland and Denmark, and worked for practices in Edinburgh, London and Blantyre (Malawi).

Academic responsibilities



  • B.Sc. (Hons.). Geography. University of Wales
  • B.Arch. (Hons). Edinburgh College of Art
  • Dip.Arch. University of Edinburgh
  • Pg.Dip., Professional Practice in Architecture. Kingston University

Teaching and learning

I have taught and lectured internationally in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, and the USA - notably at the Catholic University of America where I have been a Visiting Scholar since Spring 2022.

In 2022 my teaching partner Timothy Smith and I were only the 11th awardees since 1982 to receive the education category of the ICAA Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition in New York City.  We were awarded the RIBA Traditional Architecture Group's Achievement Award 2020 in recognition of our teaching success.

I am partner of Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor Architects, a practice with a "reputation as one of the most interesting classical practices of their generation". I have been invited to lecture on the work of the practice in the UK, Europe and USA and projects by the practice have been exhibited internationally and published in the UK architectural press.

Postgraduate courses taught


I am interested in the study and application of the classical language of architecture.

Previous research interests have included the analysis of the experience of early white settlers in the area European powers then called British Central Africa and the expression of this experience in correspondence, literature, photography and landscape painting; the nature and analysis of the architecture of empire; and the ability of architecture to carry meaning.

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