James Stirling

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Works Engineering Building, at Leicester University, Leicester, England, 1959.

History Faculty Library, at Cambridge University, England, 1968 (1964?).

Neue Staatsgalerie, at Stuttgart, Germany, 1977 to 1983.

St. Andrews Dormitory, at St. Andrews, Scotland, 1964.

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James Stirling

(b. Glasgow, Scotland 1926, d. June 26, 1992)

James Stirling was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1926. From 1945 to 1950 he trained in the Beaux Arts tradition at Liverpool University. He worked with Lyons, Israel & Ellis in London for several years before he formed a partnership with James Gowan. Influenced by the later designs of Le Corbusier and the theories of the Smithsons, Stirling and Gowan produced several influential buildings which started a trend toward brick and exposed concrete.

Stirling's early designs, especially for Cambridge and Oxford, often emphasized concept over aesthetic and utilitarian needs. His later works appeared more formal due to their influence from Post-Modern classicism. Criticized for his ability to continually alter his fundamental architectural principles, Stirling uses an experimental design approach that shows little commitment to one particular style.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p148.


Recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, 1981.

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