Following a special diploma from the School of Architecture in 1965, he entered the ancient architecture department of the CNRS. He produced several monumental studies in France and worldwide, and became director of the Office of Ancient Architecture of Paris, located in the north tower of the Castle of Vincennes.
He has conducted various studies on architectural excavation sites of various Ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian sites around the Mediterranean, including in Pompeii and in 1999 he published a book about Roman architecture entitled Roman Building: Materials and Techniques. Previously, he had also excavated the Tomb of Akhethetep in Saqqarah along with Christiane Ziegler and Guillemette Andreu-Lanoë between 1991 and 1999, publishing their findings in a book. He has authored books on Greek architecture L'architecture militaire grecque (2000) as well as on Ancient Egypt, Les pyramides d'Égypte. He has conducted research at the Institute de Recherche d' Architecture Antique.
- Prey, Pierre de la Ruffinière Du (1994). The villas of Pliny from antiquity to posterity. University of Chicago Press. p. 220. ISBN 978-0-226-17300-9. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- Jashemski, Wilhelmina Mary Feemster; Meyer, Frederick Gustav (2002). The natural history of Pompeii. Cambridge University Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-521-80054-9. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- Adam, Jean-Pierre (1999). Roman building: materials and techniques. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-20866-1.
- Maele, Symphorien van de; Fossey, John M. (1992). Fortificationes antiquae: including the papers of a conference held at Ottawa University, October 1988. J.C. Gieben. p. 5. ISBN 978-90-5063-086-3. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- EPFL: Jean-Pierre Adam. Accessed 2013-07-05