Welsh School of Architecture

Design and Practice Research Group (DPRG)

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones is an architect and researcher based at the Design Research Unit Wales at the WSA. After completing BSc and BArch degrees at the WSA (2000- 2005), including a placement at MRP architects in Birmingham, Matthew worked part time as a teaching assistant at the Welsh School for a year. Since 2006 he has worked at the Design Research Unit Wales on a range of projects. The unit combines design with research in a collective and collaborative endeavour covering core topics of sustainability, landscape and material innovation.

Matthew Jones

PhD Abstract:
Placing the Market Town

Matthew’s PhD by design is focussed on creating contemporary architecture in market towns in England and Wales. The aim of the research is to develop a methodology for place-making in these sensitive and historic contexts. Learning from a two week Design Seminar in Monte Carasso in Switzerland, an approach to settlement is proposed based on an analysis of the structure of place, searching for focal points, discovering weaknesses, tracing routes and defining edges. This is combined with an attitude to context and site informed by the 'quiet but interesting' strand of British architecture as practiced by Sergison Bates and the Smithsons. Learning from the forms, materials and typologies of the surroundings, this project will add a new layer to the town that respects and enhances its context.


Coombs S, Forster W, Jones, M, Paradise C: ‘Zero Carbon by 2011: Achieving Sustainable Affordable Homes in Wales.’ Paper presented at PLEA 2008, UCD, Dublin
Coombs S, Forster W, Jones M, Paradise C: ‘The Tectonics of Prefabrication: Manufacturing with Place in Mind.’ Paper delivered at Tectonics: Making Meaning Conference, Eindhoven University of Technology, 2007
Jones M: ‘Finding and Defining Place: The 13th International Design Seminar, Monte Carasso’. Paper published in Architectural Research Quarterly, vol.10. no.1. 2006

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