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
One is left wondering... what if rather than a modern building hiding behind the emporium the gap was plugged... rather like a dental implant? A positive gesture and a contemporary take on the distinguished emporium elevation IE bronze / cast metal cast columns and frieze to match the existing? In this way the story would survive as one would wonder why it is so and learn by questioning ...the existing situation has been a blighted building for many years.
This is a beautiful and wonderful thing we must build such things and not carp at them they represent the very best of our times and highly sustainable.
IF i were a betting man then I would agree with the odds on favourite, but who knows the machinations of the jury...they are quite simply brilliant and talented architects at the peak of their powers displaying a warm intelligence, humour, bravery, artistic endeavour and humanity, all qualities identifiable in Jim Stirling. That adage quoted occasionally by the critic; Robert Maxwell really does apply to this duo ‘’ We see here an Architecture that values the past without erecting it into an ideology, that can work with the past while correcting its idiosyncrasies. It is Architecture at the same time modern and perennial: it combines ancient wisdom and modern know-how.’’
The estuary airport is indeed one of the most significant projects creating both growth along the Thames corridor, and also at Heathrow by converting this into a borough of its own. Visionary projects like this which have actually been well considered and crafted over many years should be respected and endure the neigh Sayers with their short term and often parochial visions. Chep Lak, Hong Kong airport has proven a great example of success, now one of the World’s largest and most successful airport hubs. The island has been inhabited on and off since the Middle Neolithic period 6,000 years ago. Species were transferred to other sections of the nearby islands with success, proving that nature can adapt to man’s vision, if man looks after nature at the same time. This is surely possible on the isle of grain? Great Britain needs to invest in infrastructure projects to maintain its communication and economic position both globally and nationally. This is a great opportunity for both employment and future growth of our country for our children, one that should not be missed.
Comment on: Obituary: Andy MacMillan (1928-2014)
Andy was a great Architect and an inspiring teacher, a wonderful example of a magnetic personality. I had the pleasure of his personal tutorship on my thesis designs for a world university in Istanbul, whilst at the Mac 1987-1989 . It was a privilege to know him and receive his wisdom, mostly extremely critical!, and this early experience has become a great preparation for life in practice. Our field trips took in many of his own buildings in particular the memory of visiting Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford and St Peters Cardross still lives with me today. I learnt my passion and commitment for Architecture through him and his leadership of some of the finest tutors in the land. He was extremely proud of his students and followed them on through their careers, often making trips to London and meeting in the French House Soho for a drink. Andy possessed a wicked and great humour; his charm was admired by all who came into contact with him. There is little doubt he will be sorely missed by the profession, institutions and all those who knew him. Chris Dyson Architect Principal Chris Dyson Architects