Gwyn Lloyd Jones

Research Title: A Tale of Six Cities
Research Areas: Architecture, narrative, culture, Frank Lloyd Wright, globalisation

Director of Studies: Professor Murray Fraser
Second Supervisor: Dr Tanis Hinchcliffe
Starting Date and Mode  of Study: 2004 Part-Time


Gwyn Lloyd Jones is a practising architect and part-time researcher. His doctoral study is funded by the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship and explores Frank Lloyd Wright‘s cultural impact beyond America, and is entitled A Tale of Six Cities.  Gwyn was the 2009 Giles Worsley Travel Fellow in Rome exploring the cultural dialogue between Wright and Italian architecture, focusing on Wright’s relationship to Borromini as first postulated by Bruno Zevi.

Gwyn studied for his Graduate Diploma at Oxford Brookes University, and his dissertation, entitled 12 Part Narrative, was the inaugural winner of the RIBA President's Dissertation Medal in 2001. That study followed Frank Lloyd Wright’s yearly migration between Taliesin North and  Taliesin West. In 2006 Gwyn presented a paper on Wright’s relationship with Japan, titled Unusual Views of Outstanding Sites, at the AHRA PhD Student symposium in Edinburgh. In addition, he wrote and presented a television programme for S4C (Welsh Channel  4) entitled Y Daith yw'r Stori (The Journey is the Story). In 2009 he presented a paper at the AHRA fieldwork conference, entitled On the Road with Frank Lloyd Wright. He has worked for a number of architectural practices including Weston Williamson, Stock Woolstencroft, Tonkin Liu and SOM.

Thesis Synopsis

This research aims to unravel Frank Lloyd Wright’s cultural impact outside America by undertaking six journeys to different cities that Wright himself visited between 1905 and 1957. Within each city a different aspect of Wright’s work was investigated against the developing urban conditions, considering their emerging architecture, history, politics, economics and the digital revolution.  Many architects and planners within these cities studied published drawings and renderings by Wright, whist others attempted to unravel his all-embracing “organic architecture” mantra. Some architects sought Wright in America or met him on his travels and fell victim to Wright’s self-publicity, exhibitions and  myth. Recreating his travels and searching for evidence of Wright’s work generates a new urban history and a current reappraisal of his urban work. The six cities visited in chronological order that replicates Wright’s own travels, were: Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow, London, Venice and Kuwait.

Recent Publications, Exhibitions, Presentations

  • Presented paper ‘On the Road with Frank Lloyd  Wright’ AHRA Fieldwork Conference (2009), Edinburgh.
  • Researcher for Human Habitation Conference (2009), RIBA, London.
  • Judge for Architectural Scholarship (2008-9) for the Welsh National Eisteddfod.
  • Writer and Presenter for ‘Y Daith yw’r Stori’ (‘The Journey was the Story’) (2006), a television programme on Frank Lloyd Wright made for S4C, Welsh Channel 4.
  • Presented paper ‘Unusual views of Outstanding sites’ AHRA Student Symposium (2006), Edinburgh.
  • Judge for Anne Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education (2002).
  • Inaugural winner of the RIBA President’s Dissertation Medal (2001).
  • Reginald W. Cave Prize for the Best Dissertation at Oxford Brookes University (2001).

Teaching and Employment Interests

Postgraduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning (2009), University of  Westminster. Assisted in design assessment panels for architecture Diploma  course and lecturing to post graduates on the Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation course.

Presently working in Architectural practice for Weston Williamson on the Victoria Station Upgrade. Work experience includes: residential projects with Stock Woolstencroft and Tonkin Liu, and commercial and public space schemes with SOM in London and Washington (USA).

Contact Details and Further Information

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