Peter Smithson

In looking up information about Robin Hood Gardens, I was interested to discover that, after studying at the King’s College School of Architecture in Newcastle on Tyne, Peter Smithson spent two years at the Royal Academy as a student of Albert Richardson, one of Britain’s most conservative and greatest classical architects, a fact which seems to be left out of some sources, maybe because it is at odds with Smithson’s image as the young Brutus.   In fact, he and Alison, who he married in 1949, were not quite as rampantly brutalist as Robin Hood Gardens might make them appear, writing a lament to the loss of Euston Arch in 1968 and Walks within Walls:  a Study of Bath in 1971.

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