The profession has lost an influential voice that has undoubtedly left a profound impact on the way we think about architecture. Scholar, critic, and practitioner Alan Colquhoun (1921-2012) passed away last week in London at the age of 91.
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Making his mark since the 1950s, the British architect inspired generations of architects and students as an influential educator and incisive critic. Following his studies at the Edinburgh College of Art and AA, Colquhoun began teaching at the Architectural Association (1957-1964). Shortly after in 1961, he co-founded Colquhoun & Miller, a partnership with architect John Miller. He later taught at Princeton University with Robert Maxwell and Edward Jones before retiring in 1990.
Some of the highly acclaimed critic’s most important publications include: The Oxford History of Modern Architecture, the seminal Essays in Architectural Criticism, and Modernity and the Classical Tradition. His last book Collected Essays in Architectural Criticism was published this year.
Earlier this year, Dutch journal OASE dedicated a special issue to the thinking and the position of Colquhoun, situated within today’s debate on architecture criticism You can learn more about it here.