Urban Designer - Vernacular Architect - Maritime Planner - Owner-Builder - Servant of Piglet - Educator - Author - Revolutionary - Peacenik - Tour Guide 

Tony Watkins

 ~ Vernacular Design 

Vernacular Architect




Vernacular architecture simply belongs.
It seems as though it could not have been built any other way.














"Since my house burned down I have a better view of the rising moon"

(Japanese Haiku)





We know it works in practice. The big question is whether we can get it to work in theory.


The diversity, complexity and richness of vernacular architecture has always defied the intellectual analysis of academics who like to think that architecture is nothing more than a simple response to a theoretical architectural position.