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.


109602 items
RIBA2114-38Reinforced concrete house, 116 Dunchurch Road, Rugby

RIBA2135-16Bauhaus, Dessau: students' hostel

RIBA2149-52Einstein Tower, Potsdam

RIBA2161-16National Congress buildings, Eixo Monumental, Brasilia: the Chamber of Deputies and the Towers of Congress

RIBA2174-16Church of St Nicholas, Burnage, Manchester

RIBA2192-60Schlumberger Research Laboratories, Cambridge

RIBA2243-16Airship hangar, Orly

RIBA2268-73Studio for Augustus John, Fryern Court, Fordingbridge, Hampshire

RIBA2279-24Erno Goldfinger at Trellick Tower, Cheltenham Estate, Edenham Street, North Kensington, London

RIBA2300-15Pagoda, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

RIBA2541-10Rex cinema, Corporation Street, Coventry: the ticket office

RIBA2542-10Ambassador Cinema, Regent Street, Kingswood, Bristol

RIBA2543-10Pepys Estate, Deptford, London

RIBA2544-10Housing at Milton Road, Haringey, London: back yard of a terraced house

RIBA2545-10Hinksey Path, Lesnes, Thamesmead, Greenwich, London: children's playground

RIBA2546-10Odeon cinema, Well Hall, Eltham, London: the entrance foyer

RIBA2547-10Odeon cinema, High Street and Avenue Road, Erith, London: the entrance foyer

RIBA2548-10Bull Ring shopping centre, Birmingham

RIBA2549-10Art Deco sitting room

RIBA2550-10Kardomah Cafe, Piccadilly, London

RIBA2551-10BOAC Boeing 747 maintenance hangar, Heathrow Airport, London

RIBA2552-10BOAC Boeing 747 maintenance hangar, Heathrow Airport, London

RIBA2553-10Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: the lantern tower seen from along a flying buttress

RIBA2554-10Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: pyramid of one of the heavy concrete roofs over Lutyens's cantilvered staircase to the crypt in the foreground with the cathedral behind