To Dream, to Collect

Follow

Florian Beigel & Philip Christou

1985 London, United Kingdom

2 Works exhibited

Represented by

Share


  • About the Artist

After finishing his architectural studies Florian Beigel worked as a research assistant with Jürgen Jödicke, Gunter Behnisch, in conjunction with Frei Otto on the 1972 Munich Olympic structures. In 1969 he came to London and worked with ARUP Associates, and in 1970 began a private practice in London with Konrad Frey called Building Plan Resources. 

He received a Diplom Ingenieur (Architecture) at University of Stuttgart in 1968, and Master of Science at University College, London in 1969. He is an architect in private practice, Florian Beigel Architects, and Director of the Architecture Research Unit at the London Metropolitan University. He was awarded the Grosse Kunstpreis für Baukunst 2013 by the Akademie der Künste Berlin, and the Annie Spink Award 2014 for Excellence in Architectural Education from the Royal Institute of British Architects. 

Beigel and Frey worked on thin shell patent applications and research into energy efficient, low cost and lightweight building systems as well as built projects such as the Fisher Fine Art Gallery in Central London. 

Florian Beigel first became known internationally for the design of the Half Moon Theatre in London (1985), and the Bishopsfield Housing Modernisation project in Harlow, (1994). Large scale urban and landscape regeneration designs in Germany such as Stadtlandschaft Lichterfelde Süd in Berlin (1998), and Kunstlandschaft Cospuden (2001) led to further urban design and building commissions in South Korea: the urban and landscape concept design of Paju Book City near Seoul Korea (1999), and a series of 3 buildings for book publishers at Paju designed with Korean collaborators have all been completed since 2000. The large scale urban design land reclamation project, Saemangeum Island City, Korea (2008) was exhibited at the 2010 Venice Biennale and has been published widely. The Florian Beigel and ARU design of the new studio spaces in the CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design in Aldgate, London for the London Metropolitan University (2013) was partially removed and re-built within the KANAL/ Centre Pompidou in central Brussels as part of the KANAL Brut (2018). FBA continues to be engaged in architectural and urban design projects in Europe and Korea. A large format catalogue of sketches and drawings of FBA and ARU projects (built and un- built) over the past 40 years will be published in 2019 by the Architecture Foundation in London. 

Florian Beigel was Professor of Architecture at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design from 1992–2017. He was a design tutor at LMU since the early 1970’s. He has lectured extensively at universities and associations of architecture during the past 30 years, and his design projects are widely published internationally. 

Philip Christou has worked with Florian Beigel and they have been teaching architectural design together since 1985. He is Co-Director of the Architecture Research Unit. He is Professor Emeritus at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and De- sign, London Metropolitan University. Architectural design research, practice and teaching are given equal emphasis in this work. He has run workshops and regularly gives guest lectures internationally. He has co-authored with Beigel many essays in interna- tional journals, architectural exhibitions and several books. 

Born in1956 in Lethbridge, Alberta, in Western Canada, he studied Art History at McGill University, Montreal, and Fine Art at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art degrees. He worked as an assistant with the artists Krzysztof Wodiczko and Daniel Buren on gallery and public art installations following his fine art studies. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association, London. He has lived and worked in the UK since 1980. 

Works by Florian Beigel & Philip Christou

Order by

Newsletter

I read the Privacy Policy and I consent to the processing of my personal data