Driven by an approach to architecture that values “substance, permanence and meaning” above spectacle, and shuns a particular house style, British architect Sir David Chipperfield has gained renown for a diverse body of work that
spans civic and cultural buildings, houses, hotels and offices, as well as shop interiors, furniture, lighting and tableware. Chipperfield trained at the Kingston School of Art and London’s Architectural Association before
beginning work for some of Britain’s leading architects. In 1985, he started his own practice, and today employs more than 250 people in his London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai offices, with a focus on providing architecturally,
socially and intellectually coherent designs.
Among his notable buildings are numerous museums such as the River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, the reconstructed Neues Museum in Berlin (where he is currently designing a new entry building to the city’s Museum Island),
the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach-Am-Neckar (winner of the 2007 RIBA Stirling Prize) and the Museo Jumex in Mexico City. In 2011, the year he was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, he completed two
UK galleries, Turner Contemporary in Margate, which in 2015 was chosen as one of the 21 landmarks that define Britain in the 21st century, and The Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire, which received the Art Fund’s 2017 Museum of
the Year award.
Other ongoing projects include the Nobel Center in Stockholm, an expansion of the Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland, the restoration of the Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, a new music venue in Edinburgh, and the
reconfiguration, renovation and expansion of London’s Royal Academy of Arts. In 2012, Chipperfield curated the Venice Architecture Biennale, the first British practising architect to serve as curator. Knighted in 2010 for his
services to architecture in the UK and Germany, Chipperfield received Japan’s Praemium Imperiale prize in 2013 in recognition of a lifetime’s work. He has taught worldwide, including at the Yale School of Architecture and the
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart.