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2011 - David Chipperfield

Biography

Royal Gold Medal presentation and speech by David Chipperfield

RGM Lecture - Searching for Substance

In conversation with Tony Chapman (video)

David Chipperfield Architects

Neues Museum video

Image gallery

 

The internationally-acclaimed British architect Sir David Chipperfield CBE is the RIBA's 2011 Royal Gold Medallist.

David Chipperfield’s practice has won over 50 national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including the RIBA Stirling Prize 2007 for the Museum of Modern Literature, Marbach am Neckar in Germany. His practice’s Neues Museum project in Berlin, in partnership with Julian Harrap, was shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Sir David Chipperfield CBE, RA, RDI, RIBA

 

David Chipperfield

 

David Chipperfield was born in 1953 in London.

He studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

David Chipperfield established David Chipperfield Architects in 1984 and the practice currently has over 180 staff at its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice has won over 50 national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA, RFAC and AIA awards and the RIBA Stirling Prize 2007.

In 1993 David Chipperfield was awarded the Andrea Palladio Prize and in 1999, the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal. In 2004 he was made an Honorary Member of the Florence Academy of Art and Design, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to architecture. He was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2006, and in 2007 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and an Honorary Member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA). He was elected a Royal Academician (RA) in 2008 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – the highest tribute that can be paid to individuals for service to the nation – and in the UK New Year Honours 2010 was named Knight Bachelor for services to architecture in the UK and Germany.

Royal Gold Medal presentation and speech by David Chipperfield

RGM Lecture 2011 - Searching for Substance

Watch Sir David's introduction by Ruth Reed and other related videos on our Vimeo channel.

David Chipperfield in conversation with Tony Chapman

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David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield Architects was founded in 1984 and has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice works internationally on cultural, residential and commercial projects providing full architectural and interior design, masterplanning, product and furniture design services for both public and private sectors. The practice’s diverse portfolio includes museums and galleries, libraries, apartments, private houses, hotels, offices, masterplans, and retail facilities. David Chipperfield Architects has won over forty national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA, RFAC and AIA awards, as well as the Stirling Prize in 2007.
 

Neues Museum - shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize:

 

2009 was a watershed year with three significant projects opening to the public. The renewed Neues Museum was handed over to the German government following twelve years of delicate work rebuilding the war-ravaged structure and restoring the unique interiors on a sensitive site. The second key project to open in 2009 was the City of Justice in Barcelona, begun in 2002 and at one point the largest construction site in Europe. Completed simultaneously was the Rasmuson Center, part of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska. The year also brought a number of high profile commissions, including a masterplan for the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas; a new gallery for the Colección Jumex in Mexico City; and the luxury five star Hotel Café Royal on London’s Regent Street, due to open in 2012.

In 2010, the new Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany was opened as part of region’s European Capital of Culture 2010 celebrations. Other completed projects opened this year include the Kaufhaus Tyrol department store in Innsbruck, Austria; the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, China, coinciding with the Shanghai Expo; and most recently a laboratory building for Novartis in Basel, Switzerland. David Chipperfield Architects has also won a number of design competitions, resulting in commissions for the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia, new offices for the Amorepacific group in Korea, the Menara Photography Gallery in Morocco, and in September Elizabeth House, a major new office building near Waterloo in London.

Ongoing current projects include the James Simon Gallery – a new entrance building to Berlin’s Museum Island; the Palace of Justice in Salerno, Italy; The Hepworth Wakefield and Turner Contemporary galleries in Wakefield and Margate, UK respectively; the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Ansaldo City of Cultures in Milan; a masterplan for the Circulo de las Artes y la Tecnologia development hub in Segovia; and a new MBA building for the HEC Paris School of Management, France.

The practice’s work is driven by a consistent philosophical approach which leads to the creation of individual buildings that are intimately connected to both context and function. The approach to design respects each project and client as unique, while giving equal consideration to each piece of work, whether a building, a bookshop, or a bench.