Architect Talk: Making Old Cities New with Chris Wilkinson

Date(s) - 04/17/18
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Hosted by
Chicago Architecture Foundation

Architect Talk: Making Old Cities New with Chris Wilkinson


April 17, 2018  6PM

What can Chicago learn from adaptive reuse projects in other parts of the world? Hear Chris Wilkinson, founding partner of London-based WilkinsonEyre, explain how his firm has ingeniously reinvented neglected spaces in aging cities.

For more than three decades, WilkinsonEyre has led pioneering works in urban revitalization. Among those is the large scale adaptive reuse of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station, which is reminiscent of the ongoing redevelopment of Chicago’s Old Main Post Office. Other projects that will be highlighted include the re-purposing of 19th Century gas refinery relics in London as elements in a new residential development and several pedestrian bridge designs that have proved to be important investments in cities around the world. Chris will also touch on some of the firm’s other award-winning work, like the Guangzhou International Finance Center, which ranks as one of the tallest buildings in the world.


Program Speaker: Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson

Chris Wilkinson founded architecture practice WilkinsonEyre in 1983, and together with Jim Eyre has established it as a leading force in the design world. Chris’ contribution to architecture has been recognized with an Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture in 2007, among other honors. WilkinsonEyre is the only practice in the UK to have had back to back success for both the RIBA Stirling Prize (in 2001 for Magna, UK and in 2002 for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK) and the RIBA Lubetkin Prize (in 2012 for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, China and in 2013 for the Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore).