David Rock (architect)

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David Rock (born in Sunderland,1929) is an English architect and graphic designer, twice RIBA vice-president (1986-87 & 1995-97) and RIBA president (1997–99).

Rock studied under Lord Holford and Peter Smithson who described him as "the most naturally gifted and talented architect he'd ever met".[1] He then worked for Basil Spence for five years. He joined Grenfell Baines & Hargreaves in 1959 as Associate Partner to open its first London office; this office initially operated out of Rock's flat in Earls Court. Rock was responsible for BDP London during the 1960s, becoming an Equity Partner in 1964; he resigned in 1971.

Rock went into partnership with John Townsend, an expert on bürolandschaft. In 1972, Rock Townsend opened, what would become, Workspace, which further developed the idea of multidisciplinary working by providing office space for small design businesses.

Rock was a supporter of the radical architecture group Archigram in the 1960s and 1970s. He nominated them for the RIBA Royal Gold Medal which they received in 2002.[2]


  1. ^ Pearce, David (1987), "Profile: David Rock", The Architect (April) London: RIBA, p 32.
  2. '^ ARCHIGRAM - RIBA Royal Gold Medalists 2002 Archived 2010-12-31 at WebCite Citation by David Rock.' Retrieved 11 April 2007.