In Memoriam (June 01, 2003)

Peter Smithson, 1923-2003.

British architect Peter Smithson died on March 3 of this year. He worked with his wife, Alison Smithson, at 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. The team gained recognition through involvement with Team 10 and its overthrow of CIAM principles.

Mr. Smithson was born in Stockton-on-Tees, England, in 1923.