Mr Christopher Jones

Job: Principal Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

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Personal profile

My career has been both that of a practitioner and an academic. My experience includes nineteen years as a senior academic in the UK, five as the Dean of the Faculty of Hull School of Architecture at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside (now the University of Lincoln) and five as Head of Hull School of Architecture.

My work experience includes Social Housing at the GLC and PRP Architects in London , PRP won the Award for the Best Housing Design in Europe twice during my period with them, and my work included the Social Centre, Crèche and Student Housing at the University of Sussex. I formed ABC Architects Hull in 1984, not for profit, Cooperative and built a number of Community Projects for which I won the AD Award. Working with the wider community since the 1970’s I have been  a leading practitioner in Social engagement in Architecture including Chair of the Association of Community Technical Aid Centres and work with Governors Design Teams in the USA, Community Design Action Teams and Housing Action Trusts in the UK and Holland.

In 1998, I established Atlantic Architects in Dublin and undertook mixed porfolio of project work ,including Dunree Museum and Yeats College, Galway. Recent projects include Cisco’s Headquarters in the West of Ireland, and a new urban space in the centre of Galway City with Commercial, Office, Residential Accommodation and Museum. The West point Development of Commercial, Residential, Social Centre and Crèche in Westport is my largest completed project with a contract value of € 28,000,000.

I formed Chris Jones Architecture London in 2010, and I am currently designing three contemporary low energy houses in North Kent and Galway, Ten Houses in East Ham and a Community Centre in Hoxton.

My experience includes major Master planning projects such as the Central Lincoln Master plan, the North Hull Housing Action Trust Master plan and more recently a New Town in Co. Galway

My nineteen years of Academic experience includes that of Senior and Principal Lecturer, Course Leader, Head of School and finally Dean of Faculty and member of the Academic  Board at Hull School of Architecture. I was External Examiner at the Macintosh School  of Architecture, Glasgow. I have a wide range of Research Papers and published Work in the areas of Built Practice , Sustainablity and Teaching Methods. I was Visiting Professor at the Univesity of Adelaide and the University of Minnesota. I am currently Principal Lecturer at Leicester School of Architecture.

Key research outputs

The current outputs relate to Design quality, the use of offsite prefabrication and teaching methods in building technology.

Research interests/expertise

Architecture and Sustainability, Architecture Design Methods, System Building Methods, Housing, Masterplanning.

Areas of teaching

Architecture, Technology and Design Methodology.


Dip Arch. Reg. Arch. MRIAI. Architect

Courses taught


Honours and awards

2002:  Best Interior Ireland Award- Cafe en Seine, Dublin

1991:  Highly Commended, Nation Frail and Elderly Housing Competition, Spalding, Lincs. 

1991:  Nomination for Sunday Times ‘Building of the Year’ for New Earswick Cricket Pavilion, Ryedale District Council

1990:  Silhouette Night Club, Second Prize in DM

1985:  Durham Oriental Museum Competition. Second Prize

1984:  AD Award, Spring Street Theatre for Hull Truck. 

1984:  Civic Society Award, Spring Street Theatre for Hull Truck

1978:  Belgium Grand Prix for the Best Housing in Europe (with PRP)

1977:  Belgium Grand Prix for the Best Housing in Europe (with PRP)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Architect registered with the Architects Registration Board UK and Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

Forthcoming events

Working in Practice.

Conference attendance

1997:  ‘Sustainable Futures’ Hull with Sir David Bellamy

1986:   The National Community Conference, Astoria, London with Lord Scarman, Prince Charles and Paddy Doherty

2007:  National Local Authorities Conference, Westport, Co. Mayo

1998:  University of Waterloo, Canada

1997:  University of Adelaide, 

1997:  University of Brisbane

1996:  ‘Professional Practice’ University College, Galway

1996:  Participation in Design – Sustainability Conference, Hull

1995:  “It’s only a Northern Town” University of Minnesota, U.S.A 

1995:  ‘Practice in the UK’ – RIAI, Dublin

1994:  “My Architecture” Derry, N.I.

1993:  Keynote Speaker National Architectural Education Conference, Portsmouth

1993:  Rotterdam Polytechnic

1992:  North West Society of Ireland Annual Lecture, Derry, Northern Ireland

1991:  Royal Institute of British Architects – Community Architecture Conference.

1991:  Royal Institute of Irish Architects Annual Lecture

1990:  Manchester Polytechnic School of Architecture

1989:  Leeds Federated Housing Association

1988:  ITM, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

1987:  Labour Party Conference, Brighton

1987:  EAAE Conference, Brighton

1987:  Ecole la Villete, Paris

1987:  Technical Hodgeschool, Rotterdam

1986:  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

1986:  Architectural Association, London

1985:  Knutson Construction Company Lecture, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

1985:  ‘Housing in Britain’ St Paul, U.S.A.

1984:  University of Belfast

1984:  American Lecture Tour, gave talks in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Los Angeles

1983:  Bristol University

1982:  University of Delft, Netherlands

Consultancy work

I am a Practising Architect with 35 years experience, awards and published work and can undertake consultancy in many areas of the Built environment and Master planning.

Professional esteem indicators

2009:  Yeats College, Galway - Architecture Ireland (November Issue)

2007:  In my View – Ulster Architect (November Issue)

1996-1998:  Correspondent to “Architecture Today” publishing several articles including My Kind of Town- Dublin and on the Vales Low energy house, UK and the work of RMJ in Lincoln

1996:  “Railway Child” Architecture Today (March Issue)

1995:  “Autonomous Futures” Architecture Today

1992:  “Playtime in Hull” Architecture Today (April Issue)

1991:  Community Architecture Conference – AJ 10th April

1991:  “Toward a New Aesthetic” Designer’s Journal Sept

1991:  North Hull Estate Planning Development, Presented to Sir George Young

1991:  2 Reviews of Hull Truck Plays for Architects Journal

1990:  Style on a shoestring – AJ 18th April

1990:  ‘The New Silhouette Casts a Giant Shadow – DM & LD (Oct. Issue)

1987:  Homeless and Rootless – BD (July Issue)

1986:  ‘Cut & Tried’– Guardian 20th November

1986:  Hull Daily Mail Articles – 23/7, 17/4, 31/12, 4/11, 6/12, 27/1

1986:  Architectural Aid, Craigavon – Catalyst No. 13.

1986:  Hull Makes Headway – BD (November Issue)

1986:  Hull on Wheels – A.J (17December)

1985:  British Architecture, Design Awards, London ‘Spring Street Theatre’ – BADA

1985: Housing Design in the Alexander Method’ – Fine Home Building, New York

1985: ‘My Architecture’ Minnesota Daily U.S.A.

1983;  ‘Low Budget Ritz’ – AJ. 28th Sept. 1983

1983;  ‘Spring Street Theatre’ – A.D 3rd March

1983;  ‘Spring Street Theatre’ – Architecture Cree Paris

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