Committee, Awards (2012)
Chris Wilkinson is a principal and founder of Wilkinson Eyre Architects. After working in a number of top UK practices, he set up Chris Wilkinson Architects in 1983, formed a partnership with Jim Eyre in 1987 and established Wilkinson Eyre in 1999.
With a passion for architecture and design, he has helped develop the profile of Wilkinson Eyre Architects as a leading international architectural practice. In addition to his directorial role, he leads design and takes responsibility for projects with co-director Jim Eyre. He was director in charge of the CTBUH Award-winning Guangzhou International Finance Centre and has also led many of the practice’s other UK and international projects in a diverse range of sectors. He has directed Wilkinson Eyre’s cultural and educational work in addition to acclaimed commercial, leisure and infrastructure projects.
Chris combines a lifelong interest in art with a fascination for science, technological innovation and a sense of history, producing a fresh new approach to architecture. The design for every project is different, and relates closely to the specificity of brief and context. His contribution to architecture has been recognised by the award of an OBE in the Millennium Honours List, election to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006, and an Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture in 2007. Chris was appointed as Architectural Commissioner of English Heritage in 2006, made Patron of the Civic Trust Awards in 2009, and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Westminster University and Oxford Brookes University. In addition, he was voted Designer of the Year by CSD and the Design Council in 1996 and FX Designer of the Year in 2001. The work of Wilkinson Eyre Architects has been extensively published and exhibited throughout the world, and has received over 150 design awards including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for an unprecedented two consecutive years in 2001 and 2002.