I have tried to attach a news report from the Architect’s Journal, but it resists all my attempts. It is a very mournful piece of news so far as I’m concerned, announcing the closure of the architectural practice of Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones.
I first met Jeremy and Ed in the summer of 1994, when John Wykeham, the then Head of Administration, and I were going round meeting architects who we might consider to re-design the National Portrait Gallery. They had an office in Percy Street and were working together on the plans for the Royal Opera House, a young practice as they described themselves even though they were both in their mid-fifties, having known one another at the Architectural Association, worked together at Milton Keynes, collaborated on the design of Northampton Town Hall and then gone their separate ways for over a decade until Ed wanted to come back to London from Canada and Jeremy needed help on the Royal Opera House. I worked with them for ten years or so: on the design of the Ondaatje Wing and the reshaping of the ground floor of the National Gallery. They have had a good run and have done an amazing amount of intelligent, well considered and important work, for which they don’t always get the credit they deserve.