John Shannon Hendrix

John Shannon Hendrix

Bristol, RI, US



  • John Shannon Hendrix is a Professor of Architectural History at the University of Lincoln, UK, and an Adjunct Professor of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University, US. He is an architectural and intellectual historian who has spent his career researching and writing about a variety of architectures and philosophies, for the purpose of suggesting alternatives to the practice of architecture and philosophy at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is necessary to look to philosophy in order to establish a more substantial and resonant theoretical basis for the practice and understanding of architecture. In his writings he has worked to define a theoretical approach to architecture based on philosophy, aesthetics, cosmology, psychoanalysis, and historical precedents which can be applied to contemporary practice. He has worked to establish an intellectual basis for architecture in historiography and practice, means by which architecture can express cultural ideas and epistemologies. He has researched and written about Egyptian, Greek, Roman, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, early modern, modern, postmodern, and contemporary architectures, and Hermetic, Platonic, Aristotelian, Neoplatonic, Peripatetic, Scholastic, Idealist, Romantic, and Deconstructionist philosophies, and Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. New technologies and methods of discourse do not necessitate a separation from the past; the purpose of studying history is to suggest alternatives to the present. The research is based on methods established by figures such as N. Pevsner, P. Frankl, R. Wittkower, E. Panofsky, C. Rowe, M. Tafuri, J. Lacan and J. Derrida, and by teachers, mentors and colleagues such as S. Tigerman, P. Eisenman, C. Ingraham, M. Rakatansky, M. Linder, A. Vidler, C. Otto, M. Carpo, H. Foster, D. LaCapra, H. White, L. Steinberg, P. Portoghesi, A. Pérez-Gómez, M. Frascari, and D. Vesely. Collaborators have included A. Alexandrakis, L. Cheney, C. Carman, E. Danze, N. Temple, J. Lomholt, R. Quek, and N.-I. Terzoglou.
  • Books written: Unconscious Thought in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis; The Contradiction Between Form and Function in Architecture; The Splendour of English Gothic Architecture; Architecture as Cosmology: Lincoln Cathedral and English Gothic Architecture; Robert Grosseteste: Philosophy of Intellect and Vision; Architecture and Psychoanalysis: Peter Eisenman and Jacques Lacan; Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Spirit: From Plotinus to Schelling and Hegel; Platonic Architectonics: Platonic Philosophies and the Visual Arts; Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures; The Relation Between Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures in the Work of Francesco Borromini in Seventeenth-Century Rome; History and Culture in Italy.
  • Books co-edited: Bishop Robert Grosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral; The Cultural Role of Architecture; Renaissance Theories of Vision; Neoplatonic Aesthetics; Neoplatonism and the Arts



University of Lincoln, UK, Lincoln, GB, Professor of Architectural History

Research and writing.

Aug 2007 - current

Roger Williams University, School of Art, Architecture and Historic Preservation, Bristol, RI, US, Adjunct Professor of Art and Architectural History

Classes taught: Theory of Architecture, Modern Architecture, Early Modern Architecture, Modern Art, Renaissance Architecture, Medieval Art and Architecture, Classical Art and Architecture, Survey of Art and Architectural History, Core Aesthetics, Architecture Design Studio, Italian Rationalism, History and Culture in Italy

Aug 1999 - current

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Adjunct Professor of Art and Architectural History

Classes taught: Architecture and Psychoanalysis, Modern Architecture, Renaissance Architecture, Survey of Art and Architectural History

Jan 2004 - Jun 2010


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, PhD, History of Architecture

Dissertation research on Francesco Borromini and Roman Baroque architecture; classes with C. Otto, M. Carpo, A. Vidler, H. Foster, D. LaCapra, H. White.

Sep 1995 - Jun 2001

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Professional degree in architecture; classes with S. Tigerman, P. Eisenman, C. Ingraham, M. Rakatansky, M. Linder.

Sep 1989 - Jun 1993

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Masters, Art Education

Training in art education.

Sep 1983 - Jun 1984

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Bachelors, Painting


Jan 1981 - Jun 1983

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