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chris Dyson

chris Dyson

Central London, Spitalfields

Since establishing Chris Dyson Architects in 2004, Chris has worked on a variety of projects. The practice has built a fine reputation for working in conservation areas on historic and listed buildings. The practice prides itself on a very high degree of attention to detail and a flair for innovative and modern design, applying design intelligence to every project.
In 2104 chris established a partnership with Gideon Purser and Mathew Witts, both former long term associates in the practice. Harry whittaker now heads up a small studio in Bath.
Chris has also collaborated with Sir Terry Farrell, James Stirling and Michael Wilford on numerous high profile projects since completing his studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, with a particular interest in striking and original design concepts with particular care given to function, culture and environmental issues. Chris lives and works in Spitalfields central London, where his practice also works on the conservation an

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  • Comment on: Conservationists object to Chipperfield's plans for Emin

    chris Dyson's comment 30-Jul-2015 4:54 pm

    I fear that the conservationist movement in Spitalfields has gone a little hysterical, sour, ugly and quite possibly blind…particularly following the debacle of Norton Folgate. We now have seen talented architects being employed in the area producing thoughtful and sensitive designs – is it this fact this seems to threaten the conservation movement? I wonder…maybe its the holiday season ...I hope so! The existing building is unlisted and had a very poor planning permission granted some years ago; to almost double its size by doubling the number of floors, to a pastiche of the original design, making a complete mockery of it. The Chipperfield design is an honest reflection of the interior spatial requirements provided by his client – 100 years ago there would have been no debate – if it has cultural value then a building is listed to preserve it, if not then a worthy replacement can be considered. Clearly the architect and the client believe the existing building is no longer fit for purpose as it is to become a bespoke artist’s residence. Emin first restored the Tenter ground buildings some years ago - bringing them into functional good use and mending the rear elevation onto bell lane. Here we have a well-known, locally established artist commissioning one our countries leading architects – it is such an easy target to take a pop at them both for doing the best thing they do for a living, let them get on with it and make it beautiful, a new cultural landmark for Spitalfields that says something of today and not some lash up of facades.

  • Comment on: Herzog & de Meuron's Canary Wharf skyscraper approved

    chris Dyson's comment 29-Jul-2015 10:21 am

    a very elegant tower and master plan

  • Comment on: Revealed: Winners of RIAS Awards 2015

    chris Dyson's comment 18-Jun-2015 4:39 pm

    West Burn Lane, St Andrews by Sutherland Hussey Harris - great news well done ! and a beautiful project

  • Comment on: Eric Parry wins next phase of Chelsea Barracks

    chris Dyson's comment 27-May-2015 8:55 am

    Great news a scheme is now being built with quality spaces and places that the general public and residents can enjoy with a scale massing and design of the highest quality.

  • Comment on: Brandon Lewis confirmed as 'minister for architecture'

    chris Dyson's comment 22-May-2015 9:55 am

    Architecture really needs a powerful force as our economy grows so should the quality of our built environment the next ten years should be a wonderful flowering of architectural talent under this government. Architects are long down the food chain and can only influence small amounts in the process of building places and spaces for people in our cities. Mr Lewis should seize this mantel with the knowledge that he can actually make things happen. 'We shape our buildings thereafter they shape us' should be written above his desk and read daily! Let us make a ten year plan together....

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