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UK £45.00
US $65.00
208 pages
300 illustrations and plans
29 x 25 cm (11.5 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4668-9
Hawkins\Brown: It's Your Building

Introduction by Hugh Pearman

The award-winning architectural practice Hawkins\Brown, founded in 1988, is well known for its thoughtful, innovative and sustainable new buildings and refurbishments of all types. The firm prides itself on bringing a fresh and collaborative approach, creating places that are well made, well used and well loved. This new volume examines 14 of its projects in detail, interspersed with essays on various themes by members of the practice. The book begins with an examination by the eminent architecture journalist Hugh Pearman of the formation, history and philosophy of Hawkins\Brown, based on personal interviews with the company’s two founding principals, Roger Hawkins and Russell Brown. A full discussion of the projects follows, each comprehensively illustrated with photographs, plans and renderings. These range from work in the residential, commercial, education, civic and cultural sectors to involvement in massive infrastructure and transport projects. London-based schemes include the Bartlett School of Architecture, Hackney Town Hall and Tottenham Court Road station, which is part of Crossrail, Europe’s largest construction project. Outside the capital, the firm has created a world-class research centre in Oxford, transformed a school in Kent and revitalized the Park Hill estate in Sheffield. The essays demonstrate Hawkins\Brown’s pride in the input of its staff; they address such subjects as the architect’s desire for creative autonomy, the significance of refurbishment in the output of the practice, the integration of art with architecture, the importance of urban planning and considering the human context for all projects, and the opportunities afforded by new technology.


Offers an engaging combination of case studies and thoughtful essays on related themes

Introduced by the leading architecture and design critic Hugh Pearman

Features high-quality photographs and detailed plans and renderings of a wide range of education, civic, residential, commercial and infrastructure projects

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Author Profile

Hugh Pearman is Editor of RIBA Journal, the magazine of the Royal Institute of British Architects. From 1986 to 2016 he was attached to the Sunday Times, writing on architecture and design. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Contemporary World Architecture (1998), Airports: A Century of Architecture (2004) and Platform for Design (2016), about the Crossrail project.


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Introduction: The Architecture of Ingenuity (Hugh Pearman)

The Bartlett School of Architecture, London

Corby Cube, Corby, Northamptonshire

Essay: Why We Need to Build (Seth Rutt)

Here East, London

Hilden Grange Preparatory School, Tonbridge, Kent

Essay: The Practice of Thinking (Darryl Chen)

Bob Champion Building, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Park Hill, Sheffield

Essay: It’s Not Just a Refurb (Nicola Rutt)

Peabody Burridge Gardens, London

Tottenham Court Road Station, London

Essay: Art and Architecture: Parallel Lines (Morag Morrison)

Hackney Town Hall, London

53 Great Suffolk Street, London

Essay: Approaching Mixed-use (Katie Tonkinson)

City of London Freemen’s School Swimming Pool, Ashtead Park, Surrey

University of Oxford Beecroft Building, Oxford

Essay: Shaping our Cities (Harbinder Birdi)

East Village Plot No. 6, London

Thames Tideway Tunnel, London

Essay: Embracing Digital Transformation (Oliver Milton and Jack Stewart)


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