April 15, 2003
by Canadian Architect
British architect Peter Smithson died on March 3 of this year. He worked with his wife Alison Smithson, with the London County Council Architects’ Department before establishing a partnership with her in 1950.
Technological minimalism was the governing aesthetic of this important team of architects, who were largely influenced by Mies van der Rohe. Their work is usually considered part of the Brutalist movement in terms of minimalist design and material choices, and an important aspect of the designs centred around the idea of place. In 1956, as members of the Independent Group in the UK, the Smithsons contributed to the This is Tomorrow exhibition, revised and re-exhibited in 1990 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. The team also gained recognition through involvement with Team 10 and its overthrow of CIAM principles.
Mr. Smithson was born in Stockton-on-Tees, England, in 1923.