English architectural historian. His Morality and Architecture (1977), a critique of arguments and criteria of judgement prevalent from the time of A. W. N. Pugin to that of Pevsner, exposed the fallacies of an inevitable unfolding logic in architectural evolution leading to the Modern Movement. Among his publications Thomas Hope 1769–1831 and the Neo-Classical Idea (1968), The Life and Work of C. R. Cockerell R. A. (1974), German Architecture and the Classical Ideal (1740–1840) (1987—with Tilman Mellinghoff), and Sir John Soane: Enlightenment Thought and the Royal Academy Lectures (1996) may be cited.
Middleton & Watkin (1987);personal knowledge;D. Watkin (1968, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1982a, 1986, 1996, 2001, 2004);D. Watkin (ed.) (2000);W&M (1987)