RIBA Gold Medal 2008


Edward Cullinan

After Archigram in 2002, the next British architect to receive the premier architectural award of the Isles, granted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is Edward Cullinan. Born in 1931, Cullinan, best known as Ted, studied at Cambridge University, at the Architectural Association and at Berkeley, University of California, before joining Denys Lasdun’s office, with whom he designed the student residences of the University of East Anglia, a series of impressive ziggurats completed in 1962. Three years later he founded his own studio, from which he has promoted sustainability, artisanal building methods and a holistic approach to architecture, a style of his own that The Architectural Review described as ‘romantic pragmatism’. Architects like Peter St John, happily associated with Adam Caruso, or Tchaik Chassay have worked at Cullinan’s studio. Admirer of Charles Francis Voysey and Frank Lloyd Wright, Cullinan’s list of works includes the Downland Gridshell (2002), a conservation workshop at the Weald and Downland Museum, in Sussex, or the Center for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge University.

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