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Paul Emmons

Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor in Architecture Chair
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Paul Emmons is a registered architect and the Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture based at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center where he coordinates the PhD program in Architecture and Design Research and is also Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Architecture, Arts and Design. His research on the history and theory of practices in architecture focuses on drawing and representation issues and has been presented at conferences around the world and is widely published.

History and Theory; Representation and Visualization; Theory of Architectural Practices.

Design Studio: Upper division UG/Grad
Theory Seminars: Word & Image Treatises, The Mirror of Design, Ph.D. Theory Seminar
Thesis and Dissertation Advising

Selected Publications
Paul Emmons, Drawing Imagining Building: Embodiment in Architectural Drawing Practices (Routledge, 2019, 2020).

Paul Emmons, The Image of Function: Architectural Diagrams in Handbooks and Normative Practices in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania: PhD Dissertation, 2003).

Paul Emmons, Federica Goffi and Jodi La Coe, editors, Ceilings and Dreams: The Architecture of Levity (Routledge, 2019). 

Paul Emmons, Marcia Feuerstein and Carolina Dayer, editors, Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture (Routledge, 2018, 2017).

Paul Emmons, John Hendrix and Jane Lomholt, editors, The Cultural Role of Architecture (Routledge, 2012).

Paul Emmons, “Greater Horizons: Origins of Remote and Global Architectural Practices” in Remote Practices, Mathew Mindrup, ed. (Lund Humphries, 2022) 29-39.

Paul Emmons, “Animate Instruments: Imagination and Architectural Drawing Tools” in Routledge Companion to Architectural Drawings and Models: From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying, Federica Goffi, ed. (Routledge, 2022) 293-307. 

Paul Emmons, “Research from within” in InterVIEWS: Insights and Introspection on Doctoral Research in Architecture, Federica Goffi, ed. (Routledge, 2020) 40-53.

Paul Emmons, “Change of Plans: From Footprints to Horizontal Sections” in The Artful Plan, Anna Hougaard and Andreas Müller, eds. (Birkhäuser, 2020) 22-37. 

Paul Emmons, “Model Investigations,” foreword to Matthew Mindrup, The Architectural Model: Histories of the Miniature and the Prototype, the Exemplar and the Muse (MIT Press, 2019).

Paul Emmons, “Reading what is written between the lines: The esoteric dimension of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities of To-Morrow,” in Architecture’s Appeal, Festschrift for Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Marc Neveu and Negin Djavaherian, eds. (Routledge, 2014) 33-46.

Paul Emmons, “A Window to the Soul: Depth in Early Modern Section Drawing” in Architecture Post Mortem: The Diastolic Architecture of Decline, Dystopia and Death, Donald Kunze, David Bertolini and Simone Brott, eds. (Ashgate, 2013) 153-178. 

Paul Emmons and Andreea Mihalache, “Architectural Handbooks and the User Experience” in Use Matters: An Alternative History of Architecture, Kenny Cupers, ed. (Routledge, 2013) 35-50.

Paul Emmons, “Bodies, Books and Buildings: Encountering the Renaissance Frontispiece” in Chora, Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture, Alberto Pérez Gómez and Stephen Parcell, eds. (McGill Queen’s Univ. Press, 2015) Vol. 7, 69-94.  

Paul Emmons and Dalal Kassem, “Architect-Computer Symbiosis“  Montreal Architecture Review (online: Vol. 1 (2014) 47- 65. 

Paul Emmons, “Demiurgic lines: line-making and the architectural imagination” Journal of Architecture (Royal Institute of British Architects), Special Issue: Drawing Today, Vol. 19, no. 4 (August, 2014) 536-559.

Paul Emmons, “The place of odour in modern aerial urbanism” The Journal of Architecture, Special Issue: City Air (Royal Institute of British Architects), Vol. 19, no. 2 (April, 2014) 202-215.

Paul Emmons, “Architecture before Art: Imagining Architectural Authority in Early Modern England” Architecture Research Quarterly, Vol. 10, nos. 3/4 (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 275-284.

Paul Emmons, “Embodying Networks:  Bubble Diagrams and the Image of Modern Organicism,” The Journal of Architecture (Royal Institute of British Architects) Vol. 11, no. 4 (September, 2006) 441-461.

Paul Emmons, “Marco Frascari, 1945-2013,” Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 67, no. 2 (October, 2013) 172-173.

Paul Emmons, “Diagrammatic Practices:  The Office of Frederick L. Ackerman and Architectural Graphic Standards,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 62, no. 1 (March, 2005) 4-21.

Paul Emmons, “Intimate Circulations:  Representing Flow in House and City,” AA Files, the Journal of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.  Vol. 51 (2005) 48-57.

Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture

Registered Architect

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, College of Architecture, Arts and Design.

Coordinator, Ph.D. Program in Architecture + Design Research, Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center


Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

Master of Architecture, University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire