We present an interview with the famous English architect Sir David Alan Chipperfield, who tells us about the meaning of architecture within society and the transformative power of our trade to give lights and channel ways for a better collective life.
Chipperfield was born in London in 1953 and graduated in 1976 from the Kingston School of Art in London. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, and received his diploma in architecture in 1977. He worked at the offices of several notable architects, including Douglas Stephen, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, before founding his own firm, David Chipperfield Architects , in 1985.
The Chipperfield buildings cannot be described as following a particular style, although their work is sometimes seen as a reaction against the most extravagant projects of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid or Santiago Calatrava. In 2005, he told Christopher Hall of the New York Times: “I am very interested in making buildings that people like, but with each project I also try to overcome the limits, do something familiar but different. I am not so interested in convincing to the architectural community that I am a genius.”
In a 2014 interview with Andy Butler at Designboom, Chipperfield said: “The only thing you can’t do in architecture, at least in my opinion, is to limit your thinking to a style or material, you have to be sensitive to the circumstances of a project “. He declared that “architecture could not be globalized”, because it varied depending on the culture of a city. “As contemporary as we think we are, we still want to find different characteristics in different places. When we are building in a city, we have a responsibility to come together and understand why buildings are the way they are in that city.” I find it very weak for an architect to ignore the history and culture of a city. There is absolutely no justification for that.