From the restoration of brutalist architecture to the transformation of period buildings and the creation of exciting contemporary new work, we meet the extraordinary architect that is Alfred Munkenbeck . . .
American architect Alfred Munkenbeck came to the UK 40 years ago from Harvard Graduate School of Design. In the late-1970s he began his UK career with James Stirling, before working towards a practice of his own. Fast forward four decades and Munkenbeck is still at the helm of the company that bears his own name. Begun in the mid-1980s, at a time when excess was the name of the game, Munkenbeck began to make his mark in a quiet and considered
fashion, elevating contemporary architecture from the realms of mere functionality, adding excitement and interest to every project his company was involved in. A whole host of accolades has been collected along the way, including six RIBA awards and consistent recognition from CABE and the Civic Trust. Munkenbeck has a body of work and awards that any architect should be proud of, and one that should endear
both he and the practice to the powers that be in the communities where they work. But that’s not necessarily the case, and one of the practice’s recent private residential projects, a terrace of three houses in Notting Hill, was subject to two years of planning scepticism. It’s indeed ironic that the same council that had opposed the project later endorsed it with their 2015 ‘Environmental Main Award’. One of the houses that form the terrace is currently for sale.
Published on Jan 22, 2016
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