Kenneth Frampton

Interview with Kenneth Frampton on the work of James Stirling and their personal relationship.

  • location

    New York

  • Date

    March 9, 2010

  • duration


  • biography

    Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, where he has taught since 1972. He was trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and has worked as an architect and as an architectural historian and critic. He is the author of Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form (2015).

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Robert Maxwell

Robert Maxwell (1922-2020) was an architect, educator, historian and theorist and former Dean of Princeton University School of Architecture. Like Stirling, he was a student at Liverpool University with Colin Rowe and was a close friend and colleague of Stirling and Rowe ever since.


Peter Eisenman

Peter Eisenman is an academic, institution-builder and architect who has played a central role in the creation of a new american avant-garde within architecture through the IAUS and his own teaching. His explicitly formalist and theoretical approach to architecture was inspired by the work of Colin Rowe. He was a close friend and colleague of James Stirling across his career and would regularly host him when Stirling visited New York.


Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks (1939 – 2019) was an American cultural theorist, historian, and landscape designer who played a major role in the development of the discourse around postmodernism in architecture. He was the co-author, with George Baird of the highly influential book, Meaning in Architecture in 1969, and then of The Language of Postmodern Architecture (1977). Jencks was a close friend and colleague of James Stirling throughout Stirling’s career.


Leon Krier

Léon Krier is anarchitect, architectural theorist and urban planner, a prominent critic of architectural Modernism and advocate of New Traditional Architecture and New Urbanism. Krier combines an international architecture & planning practice with writing and teaching. He is the younger brother of architect Rob Krier.


James Gowan

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.


Irénée Scalbert

Irenée Scalbert is an architect, critic and historian in London. He taught at the Architectural Association School in London and as Visiting Design Critic at the GSD at Harvard. He has written extensively on post-war European architecture, as well as essays on the Rococo and on landscape painting. He is the author of A Right to Difference: The Architecture of Jean Renaudie. Since 1998, he has been a member of the editorial board of AA Files. Currently he teaches at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Edward Parks

Sir Edward Parks was the first Professor of Engineering at Leicester University from 1960 to 1965. He was the client for Stirling and Gowan’s Leicester Engineering building between 1958 and 1963.


Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert CBE is Paul Philippe Cret Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of the foremost architectural historians and critics of his generation. Rykwert is the author of many influential works on architecture, including The Idea of a Town (1963), On Adam’s House in Paradise (1972), The Dancing Column (1996) and The Seduction of Place (2000). All his books have been translated into several languages.


MJ Long

Mary Jane Long, Lady Wilson, OBE (1939 – 2018), known as MJ Long, was an American architect, lecturer and author, best known for her work as a principal architect partner on the British Library in London (with her husband Sir Sandy Wilson).She created a series of purpose-built studios for the artists Peter Blake, RB Kitaj, Paul Huxley and Frank Auerbach, later documenting these in a book. In partnership with Rolfe Kentish, she focused on designing museums, libraries and galleries, including the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, the Jewish Museum London in Camden Town and an extension to Pallant House Gallery.


Julian Harrap

Julian Harrap Dip Arch, RIBA, FRSA is an architect and director of Julian Harrap Architects in London. He worked for Stirling and Gowan on the Leicester Engineering Building as a young students and then for the practice of James Stirling between 1968 and 1974. Harrap specializes in the restoration and conversion of historic buildings.