Chris Wilkinson OBE


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 belief that architecture bridges art and science has been a fundamental basis for the practice ethos and he reinforces this with his own drawings, paintings and writings.

Throughout his career, Chris has based each design on a rigorous investigation of the specificity of the brief and context, which has led to each project being individual and different. Having seen technology as the backbone of modernism, Chris has continued to explore new technologies but looks to incorporate a more inspired poetic approach into the narrative that gives depth and meaning to the design solutions.

This approach has led to considerable success in international and UK competition wins, including the Guangzhou International Finance Center, China, the Mary Rose Museum, UK and the Crown Sydney Resort Hotel on the Darling Harbour Waterfront in Australia.

His contribution to architecture has been recognised 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 Past Chair of the Royal Academy Client Committee. In 2018 he was named Treasurer of the Royal Academy. He is the author of Supersheds and co-author of Bridging Art & ScienceExploring BoundariesTectonics and Works.