Chris Wilkinson, co-founder of Wilkinson Eyre has died

December 17, 2021

British architect Chris Wilkinson, co-founder of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, has died aged 76.

In 1983, he set up Chris Wilkinson Architects based out of London, and in 1987, after forming a partnership with Jim Eyre, the practice was rebranded to Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

A press statement release by the company said: “It is with deep sadness that Wilkinson Eyre announce the death of Chris Wilkinson on December 14. Our thoughts are with his family who have requested privacy at this time,” it said.

Wilkinson worked for some of the biggest names in architecture – Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Michael and Patty Hopkins. The practice went on to win two Stirling Prizes – the first architect to achieve that honour – for the Magna Science Centre in Rotherham in 2001 and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge over the Tyne in 2002.

Bridges became a hallmark of the practice but other key projects include the Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Wilkinson was made an OBE and was also an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architecture, among other recognition.

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