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Supervisor: Dr James Campbell

Georgia Politi


Research overview:

Georgia Politi’s research focuses on the life and work of the Victorian architect Sir Horace Jones, the architect of Tower Bridge and the nineteenth century wholescale Metropolitan Markets of London. Despite the recognition he enjoyed during his lifetime, Jones’s contribution to architecture has not been acknowledged in history, nor has it ever been sufficiently studied. As a private practitioner and later the Architect and Surveyor of the City of London (1864-1887) Jones was an accomplished designer both in the classical and gothic style, with an eclectic appropriation of architectural details. At the same time, his buildings demonstrate skilful manipulation of planning and programming challenges and enthusiastic consideration of the technological advancements of his time. Concentrated research on Jones’s lost and extant buildings, through examining his writings, his designs and his surviving built work, will aim to outline his influences and improve understanding of his architecture. Examining this overlooked part of architectural heritage will help reassess Jones’s his historical significance as one of the most eminent architects of the Victorian period. 



Georgia Politi undertook her architectural training in Greece, before relocating to London in 2014 to study building conservation at The Bartlett, UCL. She began her career in the UK at Historic Royal Palaces, before moving to Inskip and Jenkins Architects in 2015. In 2017 Georgia joined Julian Harrap Architects, where she remains today, working on the conversion of Jones’s Smithfield Market to the New Museum of London, amongst other projects. Her PhD research is supported by the A.G. Leventis Foundation.