Architects of the Year – David Chipperfield Architects

Hoxton Press (Colville Towers), Photo: Simon Menges

David Chipperfield is from the UK and studied architecture at London Kingston University and the London-based Architectural Association, where he graduated in 1977. Before founding his own architecture firm in London in 1985 he worked for the prominent British architects Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. In addition to its London office, David Chipperfield Architects has branches in Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The firm plans and implements a wide range of construction projects worldwide.

Since the start of his career, Chipperfield has received widespread acclaim for his clear, minimalist designs and expert handling of light, space and material. He has a characteristic, distinctive style which he has continued to develop over the years and which can best be described as a re-interpretation of the classic modern style with elements of contemporary Japanese architecture. Many of his iconic projects have caused a sensation, such as the River & Rowling Museum in Henley-on-Thames, the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany and the Ninetree Village in Hangzhou, China.

Over the course of his career David Chipperfield has received numerous international awards and honorary memberships, including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, the German Federal Cross of Merit and the Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2012 he was the curator of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, and in 2010 he was knighted for his services to architecture.

SSENSE Montréal store concept, Photo: Simon Menges

Statement of the jury

Sir David Chipperfield is unquestionably one of the most distinguished and influential architects of our time. He has been producing iconic architectural designs for many years, thanks to which his projects around the world have consistently stood out from the masses. The completion of his four latest designs in 2018 clearly demonstrates that he is still far from reaching the limits of his creativity. It will be interesting to see what other surprises this exceptional architect has in store.

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