John McAslan

Anne-Katrin Purkiss

Portraits of architects

Within the RIBA Collections there are many portraits not only of architects but artists, personalities and workers. Nearly 1300 portraits are available on RIBApix, largely as photographs or paintings, but sometimes as caricatures or cartoons.

Complimenting this collection we are very pleased to announce the addition of a number of photographic portraits of architects taken by the photographer Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Her collection of British portraits spans more than thirty years, featuring people who inspire through their work and their ideas. As a personal interest, she documents people in the context of their environment and their occupations. Her work with architects includes documenting the restoration of artists’ homes and studios such as the Watts Gallery near Guildford and the conservation of Sandycombe Lodge, J. M. W. Turner’s house in Twickenham. She has also worked with Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury in their bid to develop a national centre for Thomas Gainsborough in the artist’s birthplace.

Anne-Katrin Purkiss was born in Chemnitz, Germany, and graduated from Leipzig University with a degree in Journalism and Photography. She worked for an advertising agency before moving to England in 1984. After four years at the London bureau of Associated Press, she became a freelance photographer. Her commissions include regular work for museums and galleries and government agencies. She now works as an independent photographer, primarily in England, with a special interest in the arts and the environment.

To see more of Anne-Katrin Purkiss’ work on RIBApix click here.


108600 items
RIBA4552Village Centre, New Ash Green, Kent

RIBA4553Show house, New Ash Green, Kent: the kitchen and the dining room

RIBA4554Park Gate, Somerhill Road, Hove

RIBA4555Over Minnis, Zone 1, New Ash Green, Kent

RIBA4556B-type housing, New Ash Green, Kent, under construction

RIBA4561Derby Cathedral: the nave

RIBA4562Canterbury Cathedral: Bell Harry Tower

RIBA4563Science Library, University of Aberdeen: general view with the old chemistry building in background

RIBA4564Science Library, University of Aberdeen: the west front

RIBA4565Science Library, University of Aberdeen: the west front

RIBA4566Science Library, University of Aberdeen: the north front

RIBA4567Science Library, University of Aberdeen: lateral view showing the main entrance

RIBA4568Science Library, University of Aberdeen: the staircase to the mezzanine in the west reading room

RIBA4569Science Library, University of Aberdeen: a lateral view of the building with the research wing in the foreground

RIBA4570Science Library, University of Aberdeen: the reading room

RIBA4571Science Library, University of Aberdeen

RIBA4572Science Library, University of Aberdeen

RIBA4573Science Library, University of Aberdeen: view of the reading room from the mezzanine

RIBA4574Science Library, University of Aberdeen: the reading room

RIBA4575Housing at Grahame Park, Colindale, London: the southern spine seen from the north

RIBA4576Housing at Grahame Park, Colindale, London: close-up of a stair tower and public access decks

RIBA4587Cathedral of Notre Dame, Bayeux, Normandy: the choir

RIBA4588Battersea Power Station, London, seen from across the River Thames

RIBA4592Design for a shop at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris 1925