Sir David Chipperfield RA
Sir David Chipperfield RA
David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association, London. He worked for Norman Foster and Richard Rogers before establishing his own his own practice in 1985.
The company, which has offices in London, Berlin and Milan, has won many competitions and awards, including the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007. Its philosophy is to “create specifically detailed buildings that are intimately connected to context and function”. It designs elegant modernist structures, for public and private use, and Chipperfield himself is involved with each stage of development.
Chipperfield was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001 and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011, and he has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2012 he curated the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. In 2014 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Italian furnishings firm Driade.
He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Bund Deutscher Architekten, and a past winner of the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal, the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, and the Grand DAI (Verband Deutscher Architekten - und Ingenieurvereine) Award for Building Culture. Chipperfield was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. In 2011 he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2013, the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association, both given in recognition of a lifetime’s work.
He lives and works in London.
Elected RA: 11 December 2007
Preferred media: Architecture
There is a danger when every building has to look spectacular, to look like it is changing the world. I don’t care how a building looks if it means something, not to architects, but to the people who use it.
David Chipperfield RA
Opening 19 May 2018
The New RA
David Chipperfield RA has designed a transformative redevelopment of the Royal Academy, opening May 2018. There’ll be an expanded exhibition programme and new, free displays of art and architecture across the campus for visitors year-round. Supported by the National Lottery, this new cultural campus will unite our two buildings, Burlington House on Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens.