Michael Wilford

Michael Wilford

Born 1938
Hartfield, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Occupation Architect
Awards Stirling Prize (1997)
Practice Stirling/Wilford Partnership (19711992)
Michael Wilford & Partners (19932001)
Michael Wilford Architects, UK (2001present )
Wilford Schupp Architekten, DE (2001present)
Buildings Lowry Centre

Michael Wilford CBE (born 1938) is an English architect from Hartfield, East Sussex. Wilford studied at the Northern Polytechnic School of Architecture, London, from 1955 to 1962, and at the Regent Street Polytechnic Planning School, London, in 1967. In 1960, he joined the practice of James Stirling and in 1971 together established the Stirling/Wilford partnership. He designed the British Embassy in Berlin.[1]


In 1960 Wilford joined the practice which James Stirling created in 1956. The Stirling/Wilford partnership was established in 1971 and continued until James Stirling's death in 1992. From 1993 to 2001 Michael Wilford worked in partnership under the name of Michael Wilford and Partners. In England Michael Wilford now practices under the name of Michael Wilford architects and in Germany has established Wilford Schupp, based in Stuttgart.

Wilford's work has gained international renown and includes significant public buildings such as performing art centres, art galleries, museums and libraries located around the world. These projects have won many architectural awards, the most recent including The Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Award in 2001 for The Lowry performing and visual arts centre in Salford, England.

He teaches extensively in schools of architecture including posts at Yale, Harvard, Rice, the University of Cincinnati in USA, the University of Toronto, McGill University Montreal in Canada, University of Newcastle, Australia, the Architectural Association in London, and the University of Sheffield, England.He is a visiting professor at the Liverpool School of Architecture. This is his favourite school of architecture. He has been an external examiner at many UK schools of architecture and sits on juries for numerous international architectural competitions and architectural awards.

Wilford is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Singapore Institute of Architects, Royal Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten. In 2001 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


Awards and prizes


  1. Helm, Toby (19 July 2000). "Embassy a waste of space, says Philip". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
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