Running time: 21 minutes
Chris Wilkinson and his partner Jim Eyre have been in practice in London since 1983 and have gained fame by winning one coveted competition after another. Born just after World War II, Chris graduated in architecture in 1970 at the Regent Street Polytechnic.
He worked for Denys Lasdun (see The Architecture Of Urban Landscape) before joining first Norman Foster (see More With Less, Exploring The City and Chateau Margaux, France), then Michael Hopkins and lastly Richard Rogers. Ten years of research and travels led to publication of a book, "Supersheds", and this in turn helped him to be allocated two buildings for London's Jubilee Line Extension: Stratford Maintenance Depot in 1991, and Stratford Station in 1994, the same year that the firm won its first bridge competition.
In 1995 came further victories: three more bridges, a building for Bristol 2000 Science World and an almost invisible glass suspension bridge for London's Science Museum. All are described in his talk. Though his work has been closely linked with engineering, Wilkinson has always sought that extra something which gives depth and an uplifting element to the architecture.
Wilkinson has also spoken with Jim Eyre in Lifting The Spirit.
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