Anthony Hunt

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Anthony Hunt
EducationSalesian College
Northampton Polytechnic
Westminster Technical College
Spouse(s)Divorced 1st wife Patricia Daniels, Divorced 2nd wife Diana Collett married Helene Moore
ChildrenJulian Hunt, Polly Hunt
Parent(s)James and Joan Hunt
Engineering career
DisciplineStructural engineer
InstitutionsInstitution of Structural Engineers
Practice nameAnthony Hunt Associates
Projects(Willis Faber Dumas HQ) (Sainsbury Centre) (Waterloo International) (Eden project)

Anthony Hunt (born 1932) is a structural engineer of numerous world-renowned buildings, with a career spanning from the 1950s until his retirement in 2002. With a strong interest in both engineering and industrial design, Hunt was a major player in creating the High Tech style of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers. He formed Anthony Hunt associates in 1962. He worked with Rogers and Foster on Reliance Controls building in Swindon (1966) which was the first building of the High Tech architecture style.[1] He was also a structural engineer on the Waterloo International railway station in London (1993).

Early life[edit]

Anthony Hunt was the eldest child of a solicitor's clerk in Streatham Hill in London. He moved away from London with his mother and brother in order to avoid the blitz, and finally settled in Farnborough, Hampshire. After leaving Salesian College at 16 he attended Northampton Polytechnic 1947 - 1948, but didn't complete the course. He then attended Westminster Technical College in London and studied civil engineering on a day release course. He first worked for Wheeler & Jupp, a small civil engineering firm in London, and later obtained a professional qualification in structural engineering.


Hunt was impressed by the Festival of Britain's Skylon, engineered by Frank Newby and Felix Samuely of FJ Samuely & Partners, two of the most influential engineers at the time. This inspired him to seek employment with the firm, which he achieved. It was with FJ Samuely & Partners that Hunt really developed his passion for structural engineering, working on projects such as Eero Saarinen's American Embassy in London.

Following a spell working for Terence Conran and for Hancock Associates, Hunt founded Anthony Hunt Associates in 1962. He worked extensively with a new generation of British Architects, including Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Michael Hopkins and Nicholas Grimshaw and played a large role in developing the lightweight, prefabricated style of British architecture known as High Tech.


  1. ^ C., Davies, High Tech Architecture(1988)