Mike Davies (architect)

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Mike Davies
Born (1942-01-25) 25 January 1942 (age 77)
Alma materArchitectural Association School of Architecture, UCLA, Northern Polytechnic
AwardsLégion d’honneur
PracticeRogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
BuildingsCentre Georges Pompidou
Lloyd's building (Grade I)
Millennium Dome
London Heathrow terminal 5
The Terminal Five building at London's Heathrow Airport.

Michael Jeremy Pugh Davies CBE,[1] RIBA, FRSA, FRGS, FICPD[2] (born 25 January 1942)[3] is a British architect. He was a founding partner of the Richard Rogers Partnership and a senior partner of the firm's current incarnation, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

He is well known for always dressing from head to toe in red.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Mike Davies was born in England in 1942.[5] His father was a geographer, and he travelled extensively with him as a child.[5] He was educated at Highgate School, the Northern Polytechnic and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, before graduating with a master's degree in urban design from UCLA in 1970.[2]


Mike Davies started his career at Airstructures Design in London while studying at the Architectural Association. Following his master's degree at UCLA he co-founded Chrysalis Architects in the USA, a firm specialising in lightweight structures.[4][5] He joined the partnership between Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano in 1971, shortly after they won the commission to design the Pompidou Centre in Paris,[5] and later went on to become one of the founding directors of the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977. He has worked with the firm ever since.[2]

In 2010 he was appointed a Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d’honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.[6]

Rogers Stirk Harbour was reorganised in 2015 and Davies stepped down from his role as a partner in the company on 31 December 2015. He was to continue working for them in a part-time capacity.[7]

Selected projects[edit]

The Millennium Dome


  1. ^ "Mike Davies biography". Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mike Davies CV" (PDF). Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b Anna Winston (25 January 2012). "Mike Davies turns 70". Building Design. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b Tim Walker (19 November 2011). "Any colour as long as it's red". The Independent. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Hannah Baldock (26 July 1999). "He built the dome. Fortunately he didn't choose the colour". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  6. ^ Richard Waite (19 April 2010). "Top French honour for Pompidou architect Mike Davies". Architects Journal. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  7. ^ Laura Mark (17 November 2015). "Davies to step down as RSHP announces new partners". The Architects' Journal. Retrieved 16 March 2016.

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