Colin Stansfield Smith

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Professor Sir Colin Stansfield Smith, CBE (1 October 1932 - 18 June 2013) was a British architect and academic.[1] He played over 100 games of first-class cricket in the 1950s.

Portland Building


Smith's father was named Stansfield Smith and he played Lancashire League cricket regularly for Accrington Cricket Club in the 1920s and once in Minor Counties cricket for Cheshire in 1949.[2] Colin Smith's older brother, Donald, played in three first-class cricket matches for Lancashire in 1951 and 1952.[3] Colin Stansfield Smith was born in Didsbury, Manchester, and studied architecture at Cambridge University from 1953 to 1958.


He worked in various architect's offices, including the LCC and the GLC in London. From 1971 to 1973, he was Deputy County Architect at Cheshire County Council, under the directorship of Jack Whittle.

He was awarded a CBE in 1988, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1991, and was knighted in 1993.

Stansfield Smith was head of Hampshire County Architects Department from 1973 to 1992. During that period, the work of his office became well known worldwide, especially for its new schools within the county.[4]

Stansfield Smith became a Professor of Architecture at the school of architecture at the University of Portsmouth in 1992, and later Emeritus Professor. He designed the University's Portland building (opened in 1997) where the Faculty of Architecture and other environmental faculties are now based.


As a cricketer, Smith was known as "Colin Smith" and was a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler who played all his first-class cricket between 1951 and 1958. His county cricket was played for Lancashire, who capped him in 1957, but he also appeared for Cambridge University (for whom he gained his blue) among a number of other teams. He was selected for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord's in 1957.[5]

He scored one first-class century, hitting 103 not out for Cambridge against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in June 1957.[6] As a bowler he enjoyed some success, taking five or more wickets in an innings on nine occasions. His career-best return was 6-35 for Cambridge versus Free Foresters at Fenner's in June 1955.[7]


  1. ^ "Colin Stansfield Smith (1932-2013)". ArchitectsJournal. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stansfield Smith". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Donald Smith". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "RIBA Gold Medal 1991". RIBA. Retrieved 23 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Gentlemen v Players in 1957". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Warwickshire v Cambridge University in 1957". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Cambridge University v Free Foresters in 1955". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 


  • Colin Stansfield Smith, Hampshire Architecture. John Wiley and Sons, 1988
  • Colin Stansfield Smith, Caring Tradition (audio cassette). Worldwide Microfilms, 1992.

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