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"Composition and Character in Architecture" with Michael Wilford, Michael Wilford Architects, Sussex

Tue, Nov 25/14 – 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Room 103, 230 College Street, followed by reception in lobby

In this lecture, Michael Wilford will describe his architectural interests and concerns, with a particular focus on the design strategies that he initially developed in partnership with James Stirling and subsequently extended into his own practice since Stirling's death in 1992. Wilford will use drawings and photographs of a variety of architectural designs prepared over the last two decades to illustrate and demonstrate how these strategies have fundamentally influenced the organization, forms, and tectonics of the buildings concerned.

The book Michael Wilford: Selected Buildings and Projects 1992 - 2012 with Michael Wilford and Partners, Wilford Schupp Architekten and Others; Essays by Robert Maxwell, Anthony Vidler and Michael Wilford will be for sale during the reception following the lecture.

Are you an alumnus or alumna planning to attend this event? Come have a drink on us! Visit Misha Rahardja at the alumni table set up in the Larry Wayne Richards Gallery after the lecture.


In 1960, Michael Wilford joined the practice which James Stirling created in 1956. The Stirling/Wilford partnership was established in 1971 and continued until James Stirling's death in 1992. From 1993 to 2001, Wilford worked in partnership under the name of Michael Wilford and Partners. In England, he now practices under the name of Michael Wilford architects, and in Germany he established Wilford Schupp, based in Stuttgart.

Michael Wilford's work has gained international renown and includes significant public buildings such as performing art centres, art galleries, museums and libraries located around the world. These projects have won many architectural awards, one of the most recent being The Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Award in 2001 for The Lowry Performing and Visual Arts Centre in Salford, England.

Michael Wilford teaches extensively in schools of architecture including posts at Yale, Harvard, Rice, the University of Cincinnati in USA, the University of Toronto, McGill University Montreal in Canada, University of Newcastle, Australia, the Architectural Association in London, and the University of Sheffield, England. He has been an external examiner at many UK schools of architecture and sits on juries for numerous international architectural competitions and architectural awards.

Michael Wilford is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Singapore Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, and an Honourary Member of Bund Deutsche Arkitecten. In 2001 he was made a Commander of the British Empire.


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