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Chris Wilkinson RA
Architect of the month: October
Chris Wilkinson RA’s sketchbooks reveal an extraordinary window into his creative process, his observations and his thinking. The sketchbook is not just a place to draw, but a place to order thoughts – to graphically and visually gather information and to develop a design response. The architect believes passionately in the importance of drawing by hand, particularly in an age dominated by digital media.
An exhibition containing a selection of Wilkinson’s sketchbooks, drawings and watercolours from the last 30 years – alongside architectural objects – is currently on display in the Sackler Galleries. The sketchbooks reveal his design thinking, from initial site studies and early concepts to design development and construction, through projects such as the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, Maggie’s Centre in Oxford and the King’s Cross Gasholders.