Blueprint (architecture magazine)
|Categories||Architecture & Design|
|Company||Progressive Media International|
It offers a mix of criticism, news and feature writing on design and architecture, directed at professionals and non-professionals alike.
'Blueprint takes architecture and design as its starting point and brings these thing into sharp focus via context, comment and analysis. Architecture and design do not exist in a vacuum.’ - Johnny Tucker, Blueprint Editor
The magazine takes a parallel approach to the different design disciplines, reflecting a belief that fashion, product, furniture and architectural design can share ideas.
Blueprint was first published in October 1983 by Peter Murray. It was launched and funded by major UK design world figures including Terence Conran, Marcello Minale, Brian Tattersfield, and Richard Rogers.
In 1983, Murray noticed a hole in the market for an inspirational magazine that presented lavish images and a critical analysis of the industry. He enlisted Sunday Times architecture critic Deyan Sudjic as editor, who in turn recruited a team of young, astute writers including Jonathan Glancey, James Woudhuysen, Rowan Moore, Martin Pawley, and Rick Poynor. Sudjic continued to edit Blueprint until 1994.
Blueprint's subsequent contributors have included philosopher Edward Harcourt, novelist JG Ballard, cultural critic James Heartfield and art critic Matthew Collings. It has been edited by Sudjic, (who, since 2006, has been director of the London Design Museum), architect and critic Rowan Moore. Vicky Richardson, who edited the magazine from 2004 until 2009 is now head of architecture design and fashion at the British Council. The current editor is Johnny Tucker.