James Gowan

Interview with James Gowan on the James Stirling, their partnership together in Stirling and Gowan and their work on the Leicester Engineering Building.

  • location

    London

  • Date

    August 25, 2009

  • duration

    1:12:29

  • biography

    James Gowan (1923 – 2015) was an architect and educator practicing and working in London. He worked in partnership with James Stirling, as Stirling and Gowan between 1955 and 1963 and before establishing his own practice. He taught at both the Architectural Association and what is today Westminster University.

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