Rick Mather Architects (RMA) have been working in London since the early 70s. Best kwn for their award winning museum extensions, such as the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the National Maritime Museum, RMA's portfolio spans a broad spectrum of projects, including residential and student housing, master plans and urban design for both revations and new buildings. They are world rewned for their intuitive sense of place and context, as well as their pioneering techlogies in structural glass and sustainable design. The book establishes Rick Mather's unique approach to resolving complex design issues on both a large scale and in the fine details; the work of the practice is described in accessible terms through the texts and through a wealth of visual material, including photography and drawings supplied by the practice. Alongside this documentation, the visual aspect is supplemented by reproduced paintings, maps and drawings from a diverse range of sources, which have inspired and informed the work. Over the past 33 years, the practice has undertaken 500 projects. These include the Virginia Museum of Fine Art; the student halls of residence in Norfolk; the Ashmolean Museum extension, Oxford; the masterplanning of London's South Bank Centre; as well as Mather's iconic housing of the 1980s and 90s. This book will cover the full range of the projects, exploring Mather's response to the technical and social requirements of the briefs, and the way that a US born architect has re-imagined Britain's culture and made it his own.
Robert Maxwell has had a long and distinguished career as an architect and architectural historian and teacher. For many years, he was the Dean at Princeton School of Architecture; prior to this, he was a practicing architect in the UK. Maxwell is currently teaching the history and theory of architecture at the Architectural Association in London. Although a champion of Modernism, this interest is informed by an acute appreciation of Postmodern developments in the late twentieth century. Tim Macfarlane was a founding partner of Macfarlane Dewhurst, one of the most prominent structural engineering practices working in the UK today, with offices in New York and London; they are particularly known for their use of glass as a structural material. Tim Macfarlane is highly regarded both for his work as a practising architect, and for his teaching roles in UK and American Universities. Patrick Bellew was one of the founding partners of Atelier 10, a cutting edge design engineering practice particularly known for their work on environmental sustainability. Aside from their extensive work for Rick Mather Architects, Atelier 10 are known for their economically and environmentally accountable design engineering work for Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers Partnership, and Future Systems, among others. Bellew is also a respected teacher at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia Universities.