Jeremy Till

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Professor Jeremy Till, born 5 April 1957, is a British architect, educator and writer. He was appointed as Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London in 2012.[1]


Till was educated at Eton College (1970–75), Cambridge University (MA, 1979), Polytechnic of Central London (Dip Arch 1983) and Middlesex University (MA Modern European Philosophy, 1999).

Architectural career[edit]

Till worked for relatively low-key architectural practices, Alex Gordon Partnership and Peter Currie Architects, before joining his partner, Sarah Wigglesworth, to design and build their well known house and office, 9 Stock Orchard Street, which was featured on the first series of the TV Programme Grand Designs; subsequently the presenter Kevin McCloud named the project as one of his favourite projects.[2] The building, made from straw bales and other unconventional materials, was awarded Civic Trust Award (2002), RIBA National Award (2004) and RIBA Sustainability Prize (2004). It has been published extensively worldwide, with the journal World Architecture saying: "It is destined to become an icon, the subject of dissertations and copycat projects. Unlike the established canon of exemplary houses, this house/office is a deep, dense and determined essay on the question: what is architecture today?" He left Sarah Wigglesworth Architects in 2002 to concentrate on an academic career. Till curated the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.[3] the exhibition, entitled Echo City received very mixed reviews, with severe criticism from the London architectural press, but praise from international reviewers.[4] He chaired the RIBA Awards Panel from 2004-6, the only academic to have held this position. In 2013 he co-curated the UK Pavilion at the Shenzhen Biennale with a team from Central Saint Martins,[5] for which they were awarded the Biennale's Academic Committee Prize.

Academic career[edit]

Till started his teaching career at what was then Kingston Polytechnic in 1986. He moved to the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in 1990, soon after the appointment of Peter Cook as the School's Head. While at the Bartlett, Till was undergraduate course director, Diploma studio teacher and sub-Dean of the Faculty. In 1999, he was appointed as Head of the School of Architecture and Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. Under his direction, the School gained a reputation for the social and political basis of its teaching and research. In 2008 he was appointed Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. He was appointed as Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London in 2012. He is also Professor of Architecture at the University of the Arts London. He has sat on a range of national committees including as a panel member for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. He was a member of the RIBA Education and Research Committees in the 2000s.

Research and Writing[edit]

Till's research and writing has concentrated on the social and political aspects of architecture and the built environment.Stephen Moss writes in the Guardian that, "the appeal of Till's thinking is that he starts with people rather than structures, and asks us not to venerate buildings but to occupy them."[6] His best known book is Architecture Depends,[7] which was widely reviewed, and praised by the Times Higher as "a brave, enjoyable, affirming and important book."[8] Other books include Flexible Housing (written with Tatjana Schneider)[9] and Spatial Agency (written with Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider)[10] All three of these books were awarded the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-based research, making Till the only person to have received this international honour three times.[11][12] In addition to these books, Till has written numerous articles, which are collected together on his own website. His most recent research concerns issues of scarcity and creativity in the built environment, funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area).[13] It has been commented that his very conventional Eton and Cambridge background is at odds with his later left-wing political views.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Till is the son of the educator and former cleric Barry Till and the long-term partner of the architect Sarah Wigglesworth, a pair called by the Evening Standard "a glamorous power couple."[16] His interests are listed in Who's Who as 'growing, cooking and eating food'. He lives in London. In 2015 he was appointed a trustee of the New Economics Foundation.


  1. ^ "Jeremy Tiil appointed Head of Central St Martins". Building Design.
  2. ^ "Kevin McCloud: Most Grand Designs are too big and too bright". Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ "Jeremy Till to curate British Pavilion". Architects Journal.
  4. ^ "Sheffield Goes to Venice". Yorkshire Post.
  5. ^ "CSM to curate the British pavilion at the Shenzhen Biennale Shenzhen".
  6. ^ "Bricks and Mortals". September 2002. Guardian.
  7. ^ Till, Jeremy (2008). Architecture Depends. MIT Press.
  8. ^ "Book of the Week". Times Higher. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  9. ^ Till, Jeremy; Schneider, Tatjana (2007). Flexible Housing. Oxford: Architectural Press.
  10. ^ Till, Jeremy; Awan, Nishat; Schneider, Tatjana (2011). Spatial Agency. London: Routledge.
  11. ^ "Winners of 2011 RIBA Awards".
  12. ^ "Past Winners of RIBA Research". RIBA.
  13. ^ "SCIBE". European Science Foundation.
  14. ^ "Manning the Barricades" (PDF). Building Design. 2012: 7. 10/02/12. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ "Manning the Barricades: Profile of Jeremy Till". Building Design. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Intelligence and Design". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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