WilkinsonEyre

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WilkinsonEyre
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Practice information
Key architects Jim Eyre
Chris Wilkinson
Founded 1983
Location London, England,
 United Kingdom
Significant works and honors
Buildings Magna Centre
Design Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Awards Stirling Prize (2001) (2002), Lubetkin Prize (2012) (2013), World Building of the Year (2012)

WilkinsonEyre is one of the UK's leading architectural practices, based in London, England. After gaining experience in a number of top UK practices, Chris Wilkinson set up Chris Wilkinson Architects in 1983, acting as sole principal. He formed a partnership with Jim Eyre in 1987, with the practice registered as Wilkinson Eyre Architects in 1999. Following an internal restructuring, the company was re-registered under the same name in April 2006.

Founders[edit]

Chris Wilkinson is the founder of WilkinsonEyre. After working in several leading architectural practices, he set up his own practice Chris Wilkinson Architects and achieved success with two Jubilee line projects, Stratford Station and Stratford Market Depot, as well as with Millennium Projects, Explore at-Bristol and Magna, which won the Stirling Prize in 2001.

His contribution to architecture has been recognized with an OBE in the Millennium Honours list, election to the Royal Academy of Arts, an Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture and Honorary doctorates at Westminster University and Oxford Brookes University. He has been an external examiner for the Mackintosh School of Art, Westminster University and the Bartlett School of Architecture and has been a Commissioner of English Heritage.

He is Patron of the Civic Trust Awards and currently chairs the Client Committee at the Royal Academy. He is also the author of Supersheds and co-author of Bridging Art & Science, Exploring Boundaries, Tectonics and Works.


Jim Eyre is a founding director of the London-based architecture practice WilkinsonEyre where he has led the design on many of the practice’s cultural, commercial and infrastructure projects.

He has run projects ranging from the Millennium Bridge at Gateshead, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize, to the temporary structure of the London 2012 Basketball Arena, from the RIBA Lubetkin Prize-winning cooled conservatories at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay to the redevelopment of London's iconic Battersea Power Station.

Jim was awarded an OBE in the 2003 Honours list for services to architecture and was made Honorary Doctor of Laws at Liverpool University in 2009. He has taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and the Illinois Institute of Technology. His publications include The Architecture of Bridge Design and the practice’s Exploring Boundaries and Works monographs. He has lectured at home and internationally, including at Yale, Berkeley, the Bauhaus, the Soane Museum, the RIBA and at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.

Jim is one of few architects to be awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Medal, and is an expert panellist on the Liveable Cities initiative, which researches a method of designing and engineering UK cities with an emphasis on wellbeing and sustainability. In addition to his former role as President of the AA, he is currently Commissioner to the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Chair of the Architectural Association Foundation and a Trustee of Design Council CABE. In 2015 Jim was awarded The Bodley Medal for his contribution to the transformation of the New Bodleian into a library for special collections.

Notable projects[edit]

WilkinsonEyre has designed projects in diverse market sectors including education, cultural, commercial, infrastructure, large scale masterplanning, industrial, office, retail, leisure and residential buildings.

In 2013, they were appointed as architects for the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station in London and the Crown Sydney hotel on the Barangaroo site in Sydney.

Bridges[edit]

Cultural[edit]

Education[edit]

Health[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

Masterplanning[edit]

  • Anglia Ruskin University: Rivermead Campus Masterplan
  • Apraksin Dvor Masterplan
  • Baiyun Masterplan
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Masterplan
  • Westown Cairo

Mixed-Use & Retail[edit]

  • 20 Blackfriars Road
  • Audi West London
  • Bristol Temple Gate
  • Chatham Maritime
  • Dyson Shop
  • Princesshay, Exeter
  • The Crystal

Offices[edit]

Residential[edit]

Sport & Leisure[edit]

  • Crown Sydney
  • Guangzhou Four Seasons Hotel
  • Guangzhou Velodrome
  • Liverpool Arena & Convention Centre
  • London 2012 Basketball Arena
  • Merry Hill Multiplex
  • Nizhny Novgorod Winter Sports Complex
  • One Queensbridge
  • Princes Club Ski Tow Pavilion
  • Splashpoint Leisure Centre
  • Thistle Tower Hotel
  • Western Breakwater Hotel

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