Sir Colin Stansfield Smith is (according to a cursory aj search of books and scan of collective memories), the only major-name architect who has also been a success on the cricket field. Whereas Lord's, the home of cricket, is becoming an architectural zoo, 'collecting' high-quality latter-day architects such as Sir Michael Hopkins, Nicholas Grimshaw, David Morley and now Future Systems, Stansfield Smith provides the human link between the profession and the sport.
The former county architect at Hampshire (a region which itself has enjoyed a long history with the game, predominantly with its ground in Southampton - which Michael Hopkins and Partners, again, is planning anew - and at Portsmouth), was more of a bowler than a batsman. So, ironically, his focus was more on the demolition of wickets than on, as it were, the 'crafting' of an innings or two.
Although in Who's Who he now lists his recreations as another hand-eye co-ordination sport, golf, and his club as Hockley Golf, it was as a right- arm fast-medium bowler rather than as a lower-order batsman that he made his name.
Born in 1932 in Didsbury, Manchester, Stansfield Smith attended William Hulme's Grammar School. He then progressed to play in a total of 45 matches for Lancashire, between 1951 and 1957. Between 1954 and 1957 he also fitted in games for Cambridge University, where he was awarded a blue for all of the four years. Then between 1949 and 1950 he played for Cheshire.
But, for the statisticians among you, there is more. His career figures are as follows: with the bat he hit 2339 runs at a most respectable average of 18.71, and made a top score of an unbeaten 103. With the ball he took 293 wickets at an average of 24.5. His best performance was 6 for 35. He hung up his cricket boots with a game for D R Jardine's XI in 1958 (Jardine being the captain of Bodyline fame).
But Stansfield Smith's academic record is, if anything, even more glittering. Having received a cbe in 1988, he was awarded his knighthood in 1993 after having been Hampshire county architect from 1973-1992 and professor of architectural design at the University of Portsmouth since 1990. He was awarded the riba Royal Gold Medal in 1991 and, legend has it, his wife only consented to marriage on condition he changed his name, inserting the Stansfield to liven it up a bit. This presumably, made him a gentleman, rather than just a player.