Rick Mather

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Rick Mather (May 30, 1937 – April 20, 2013)[1] was an American-born architect working in England. Born in Portland, Oregon and awarded a B.arch. at the University of Oregon in 1961, he came to London in 1963 where he founded his own practice, Rick Mather Architects,[2] a decade later.


Rick Mather Architects is an international architectural, masterplanning and urban design practice based in Camden Town, London. Completed work spans both new build and renovation with a special interest in the cultural and education sectors. This is combined with a recognised and innovative expertise in the intelligent re-interpretation of existing, often listed structures and in sustainable low energy building.

Characteristics of his buildings include extensive use of structural glass and natural lighting of interior spaces, respect for existing buildings, and sustainability.[3]


Built projects include:

Dulwich Picture Gallery showing extensions
  • Extension and refurbishment of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (1999; RIBA Award, Civic Trust Award, AIA Award).[6]
  • ISMA Centre for the University of Reading (1999; RIBA Award, Civic Trust Award)
  • National Maritime Museum
    In Neptune Court, National Maritime Museum.
    (1999; Civic Trust Award)
  • Wallace Collection Centenary Project, London (2000).
  • New galleries and refurbishment for National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (1995-9) and Masterplan for Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site landscape (1998–2003).
  • School of Architecture, University of Lincoln, Brayford campus (2003; RIBA Award, Shortlisted for the Prime Ministers Award for Better Public Buildings).
  • Lyric Theatre Hammersmith (2004).
  • Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (2005-9; RIBA Award, British Design Award, Sussex Heritage Trust Award)[7]
Liverpool John Moores University Art and Design Academy
  • Art and Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University (2008; RIBA Award).
  • Ashmolean Museum Masterplan and Expansion Ashmolean, Oxford (2009; RIBA Award, Shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2010, Building - Project of the Year Award).
  • Stowe School Masterplan (2001-2020) and Girls' Boarding Houses (2008; RIBA Award).
  • Barking Town Centre London Road Masterplan
  • Central Milton Keynes Residential Quarter
  • Corpus Christi College Auditorium,[8] Oxford (2009; RIBA Award).
  • Sunken library extension, The Queen's College, Oxford (2006–).
  • Campus wide masterplan and expansion of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,[9] Richmond, Virginia USA (2010).
  • James Allen's Community Music Centre (RIBA Competition Winner 2008).
  • Acland Hospital Site development, Keble College (2008-)
  • North Harlow Masterplan (2010-).
  • Barking Skills Centre (2009-).
  • South Kilburn residential development, Brent, London (2009-)
  • Chester Balmore residential development, Camden, London (2010-)

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Further reading[edit]

  • Amery, Colin (1987). Four London architects: Chipperfield, Mather, Parry, Stanton & Williams. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-51043-X. 
  • Maxwell, Robert; Bellew, Patrick; Macfarlane, Tim (2006). Rick Mather Architects. London: Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 1-904772-38-2. 
  • Pearman, Hugh (1992). Rick Mather: Urban Approaches. London: Fourth Estate Ltd. ISBN 1-85702-007-3. 


  1. ^ "Rick Mather 1937-2013". Dezeen.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Rick Mather Architects". Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Rick Mather". Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Carl (July 1991). "Zen and the art of restaurant design". RIBA Journal 98 (7): 40–5. 
  5. ^ Baldock, Hannah (1999). "Rick Mather". Building. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Cloistered life". RIBA Journal 103 (9): 18–19. September 1996. 
  7. ^ Rattenbury, Kester (April 16, 2009). "Towner Gallery, Eastbourne". Architects’ Journal. 
  8. ^ "practice". Rick Mather. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  9. ^ "practice". Rick Mather. Retrieved 2013-04-24.