ISBN: PB: 9781908967190
236 black&white illus.
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Architects' Year Book Symposium
In 1944, the publisher Paul Elek approached the well-known architect Jane Drew to edit an "Architects' Year Book". Given free rein during the period 1945 to the 1960s, ten volumes appeared with generously illustrated articles by leading thinkers, critics and practitioners in the fields of architecture, art and design. Trevor Dannatt, then working for Drew, was involved from the start and became joint editor, and then sole editor with an editorial board consisting of Ove Arup, Jane Drew, Maxwell Fry and Herbert Read. The wide range of authors and work published in the AYB included that by or on Peter and Alison Smithson, Le Corbusier, Erno Goldfinger, James Stirling, Naum Gabo and Aldo Van Eyck. "The Architects' Year Book Symposium" is a revised and re-edited selection of the most relevant and engaging material featured in the first ten volumes of the AYB . Compiled by Trevor Dannatt, Duncan McCorquodale and Eric Parry, the "Architects' Year Book Symposium" is an essential contribution to the historiography of twentieth century architecture, and will be of interest to architects, historians, students and anyone with an interest in the impact and legacy of Modernism across the fields of architecture, art and design.
Trevor Dannatt, Royal Academician and former Professor of Architecture at the University of Manchester, was part of the wave of architects who qualified soon after the Second World War. He is well known both for his practical building work and his involvement, alongside contemporary and friend Colin St John Wilson, in the debate around the language of Modernism and the development of a Humanist architecture.
Founder and Principle of Eric Parry Architects Eric Parry studied architecture at the University of Newcastle (1970-1973), the Royal College of Art (1976-1978) and the Architectural Association (1979-1980). Eric Parry Architects was established in 1983, the year he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where he taught until 1997. His project at 30 Finsbury Square was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2003, as was the office building Aldermanbury Square in 2009. The Renewal Project at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square has won many awards since its completion in 2008. Eric Parry was elected Royal Academician in 2006 and was President of the Architectural Association in 2005-2007. He served as Chair of the RIBA Awards Group and has been a member of the Kettles Yard Committee and the Arts Council of England Visual Arts and Architecture Panels in previous years.
Duncan McCorquodale was born in Birmingham, England in 1962. He grew up in England and then Canada, and from 1989 to 1993 Duncan McCorquodale pursued post-graduate studies in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Architectural Association (AA), London. While at the AA, in 1992, he published his first magazine, ARCH-TEXT. On graduating from the AA in 1993 Duncan McCorquodale began teaching History and Theory of Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He also established Black Dog Publishing Limited (BDP) in the same year and co-founded Artifice books on architecture in 2011. He edited over 100 books including "Desiring Practices", "Colin St John Wilson", "Eric Parry Architects 1+2" and "The Third Typology and Other Essays".