Architecture Open Lecture Series

Michael Wilford - Composition and Character in Architecture

  • 17.00 - 17.45
  • 20 Feb 2019
Michael Wilford - Composition and Character in Architecture

Michael Wilford
Composition and Character in Architecture


My lecture is entitled ‘Composition and Character in Architecture’ because I believe these are primary aspects of the art of architecture and determinants of the organisation, form and tectonics of buildings. Their consideration is fundamental to our practice of architecture. To demonstrate how these aspects have influenced and supported both finished buildings and competition designs, I will describe our architectural objectives and the strategies we use to achieve them, using drawings and photographs of a variety of projects developed over the last two decades.


Michael Wilford is an architect of International renown, having designed prizewinning public and corporate buildings for governments, museums, universities, corporations and private patrons in Europe, USA, Middle East, South East Asia and Australia. For 35 years he was principal in an architectural practice based in London with satellite offices in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany. He was in partnership with James Stirling for 21 years.

Michael lectures throughout the world and has held Visiting Professorships at universities in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. He is currently Visiting Professor at Liverpool University School of Architecture. His work is published internationally and the subject of numerous exhibitions, films, TV and radio programmes. In 2001 he was awarded a CBE for services to architecture.