Pierre du Prey

Pierre du Prey

Professor Emeritus and Queen's Research Chair

Department of Art History and Art Conservation

Research Interests

History of Architecture in the Classical Tradition in Europe and North America, Architectural Education, Architectural Books and Drawings


An historian of the classical tradition in architecture, Pierre du Prey's publications reveal interests that range from antiquity to posterity, to paraphrase the title of one of his recent books. His areas of specialization include the education of architects, the cataloging of their drawings, and the way their works reflect their biographies. He has written and lectured frequently on John Soane and Nicholas Hawksmoor, but besides British he has also worked on Italian, German, and French material. His web-based educational resource called Architecture in the Classical Tradition is nearing completion. Its scope and innovative structure employ new digital methods to disseminate architectural knowledge more broadly. Past President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, he is actively exploring Canadian material as several exhibition catalogues and edited series of papers indicate.

Recent Publications

Cover image of "Francesco Ignazio's Discrizione della villa pliniana" by Pierre DuPrey.Francesco Ignazio Lazzari's Discrizione della villa pliniana ... Washington, DC 2021. 

Cover image of "Ah, Wilderness! Resort Architecture in the Thousand Islands Kingston, Ontario" by Pierre DuPrey.

Ah, Wilderness! Resort Architecture in the Thousand Islands
Kingston, Ontario
, 2004.

Cover image of "Hawksmoor's London Churches: Architecture and Theology Chicago" by Pierre DuPrey.Hawksmoor's London Churches: Architecture and Theology
, 2000.