As a “global capital,” London is home to some of the world’s most influential people, architects included. This fact has recently been laid bare by the London Evening Standard newspaper, whose list of the 1000 most influential Londoners features 30 architects, big and small, who use the city as a base for producing some of the world’s most celebrated architectural works.
Below, we have rounded up the 30 most influential architects in London, complete with examples of the architectural works which have put them on the city and world map.
Eva Franch i Gilabert
Founder of Jamie Fobert Architects, Fobert has led many high-profile schemes this year, such as the Kettle Yard gallery extension in Cambridge, the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Tate St Ives, and the remodeling of the National Portrait Gallery.
The world-renowned director of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has been behind many iconic schemes, such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Headquarters of Lloyd’s Bank in London, as well as the city’s Leadenhall Building.
Chipperfield Architects continues to produce eye-catching works around the world, such as the Gridiron building at St. Pancras Square in London, the Musee des Beaux-arts in France, and the Neues Museum restoration in Berlin.
Owusu was an outspoken candidate for the RIBA presidency in 2018, accusing the institution of institutional racism, sexism, and unequal pay.
The world-renowned founder of Foster + Partners is responsible for noted works such as the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, the Hearst Tower in New York, and recently won the 2018 Stirling Prize with Bloomberg HQ in London.
Deborah Saunt and David Hills
Laura Sanjuan and Russell Potter
SODA’s directors have been praised for their refurbishment of the historic Kettners building in Soho, London.
Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald
The architect and co-founder of ASH (Architects for Social Housing) campaigns to save council estates under threat of demolition. She has designed alternatives to demolition for schemes such as the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates in Hammersmith & Fulham, the Central Hill estate in Crystal Palace, and has produced designs for the improvements and future of the Patmore estate in Wandsworth, which is run by a housing cooperative.
The youngest ever designer of a Serpentine Pavilion, Escobedo has also created schemes in her native Mexico, such as La Tallera in 2010.
The founder of Alison Brooks Architects has been praised for her installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale, while also overseeing major works such as The Smile, and the first high-rise for the Greenwich Peninsula in London.
Simon Allford, Jonathan Hall, Paul Monaghan, Peter Morris
Ian Simpson and Rachel Haugh
The founding partners of Simpson Haugh made their mark on London with the completion of One Blackfriars, and were selected as one of three winning firms for the design of Science Island in Lithuania.
The founder of Hugh Broughton Architects was responsible for the world’s first relocatable research center in Antarctica.
Peter Barber Architects is renowned for innovative social housing schemes, such as the award-winning Holmes Road project for homeless people, and the Cooperative Housing scheme in collaboration with Mark Fairhurst Architects.
The young architect is renowned for pop-up buildings and installations such as the Interactive Winter Olympic Pavilion in South Korea.
Eric Parry Architects have been recognized for schemes such as One Undershaft, a 72-story skyscraper set to be the second-tallest in London.
Adjaye Associates have been celebrated for schemes such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and the New Ghana National Cathedral in Accra.
Gillian McInnes, Simon Usher and Stuart McKnight
The tree partners of MUMA architects were shortlisted for the 2018 Stirling Prize with the Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery in Cambridge, and in 2015 for Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.
Andrew Waugh and Anthony Thistleton
Simon Henley and Gavin Hale-Brown
Henley Halebrown was shortlisted for the 2018 Stirling Prize with Chadwick Hall, having also designed schemes such as Hackney New School, De Beauvoir Block, and 1-6 Copper Lane.
Famous for his Post-Modern buildings for MI6 and above Embankment Station, Farrell is planning leader for Thames Gateway, Europe’s largest regeneration project.
News via: London Evening Standard