Chris Dyson – Episode 5

On the programme this week is Chris Dyson, principal of Chris Dyson Architects – a multi-award-winning practice, much lauded for their sensitive conservation work on historic buildings in London.

In today’s episode we speak about Chris’s passion for drawing and his work for James Stirling. We talk about going to boarding school and walking the plank. And finally, about making grand plans – or perhaps plans to be grand.

Chris originally studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and then at Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow before going on to spend 11 years working at James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates.

Chris then spent three years as a Design Director at Sir Terry Farrells’s practice, from where, in 2003, he left to start his own firm.

I joined Chris in his studio – in a former pub in Spitalfields – where I began by asking where he found his calling for conservation architecture – especially after working for such renowned modernist architects.

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