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.


109696 items
RIBA2645-14Daily Express Building, 120-129 Fleet Street, City of London: the entrance hall

RIBA2646-14Isokon Flats, Lawn Road, Hampstead, London: the kitchen

RIBA2647-14Factory for Brynmawr Rubber Company, Brynmawr, Gwent

RIBA2648-14Penguin Pool, Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle

RIBA2650-15Snowdon Aviary, London Zoo, Regent's Park, London

RIBA2652-15Pravda newspaper building, Moscow: the main facade of the editorial building

RIBA2655-15Habitat shop at night, Fulham Road, London

RIBA2656-15Lord Cottenham's flat, Cadogan Lane, Belgravia, London

RIBA2657-15Professor Arthur George Ling

RIBA2658-15Samuel Sanders Teulon

RIBA2659-15Duplex flat, Highpoint Two, North Hill, Highgate, London: the spiral staircase

RIBA2660-15'Skyscraper' fishermen's sheds, the Stade, Hastings

RIBA2661-15Barbican Estate, City of London: Cromwell Tower under construction

RIBA2662-15Cathedral of Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, Paris: the winged ghoul on the great balustrade

RIBA2663-15Dome of Discovery seen through the aluminium coned entrance to People of Britain Pavilion, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London

RIBA2664-15Housing, Queen Elizabeth Square, Hutchesontown C, Gorbals, Glasgow

RIBA2665-15North Greenwich Transport Interchange, London

RIBA2666-15Southmere Lake and Southmere Towers, Southmere, Thamesmead, Greenwich, London, with children playing

RIBA2667-15Corner welder, Crittall's works, Witham, Essex

RIBA2668-15Financial Times Print Works, 240 East India Dock Road, London

RIBA2670-16St Andrew's Gardens, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool

RIBA2671-16Schocken department store, Chemnitz, at night

RIBA2672-16Serge Chermayeff

RIBA2673-16St Andrew's Gardens, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool