Biography

Kevin Rhowbotham M.S. (Cornell), Dip.Arch., B.A.(Hons.), A.R.B.U.K.

Kevin Rhowbotham is an award-winning international architect, academic, broadcaster and author based in the UK. A Fulbright scholar, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University School of Architecture with a Masters in Architecture, with subsequent Doctoral studies at Cambridge University. His early career in teaching began at the Bartlett. Subsequently he was Visiting Professor of Urban Design at the Technical University Berlin in 1995 and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Urban Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago. From 1998-2004 he was Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association. Other appointments include Kingston University, University of the Southbank, The University of Westminster, University College London, the Bartlett and occasional visitor R.C.A..

Kevin has challenged and energised a generation of architecture students, many of whom work with him to this day, securing a number of distinguished international awards for student work which include the Schinkel Prize for Architecture, Das Prise Diplom auf Architektur, Berlin Technisches Universitat, The RIBA international Student Prize in Architecture. Following the publication of two ground breaking books, ‘Field Event, Field Space’ and the influential ‘Form to Programme’, Kevin achieved an international reputation as a theorist lecturing internationally in fifteen countries worldwide on architecture and urban issues.

He has practiced as an architect since 1982 and has been in private practice since 1992, founding iconoclast Fashion Architecture and Taste (FAT), ‘Alphaville’, ‘Big Open Box’ and most recently ‘Field ‘. Kevin’s work has spanned the major movements in Western architecture of the last 25 years and led him to challenge publicly the shibboleths surrounding both urbanism and modern architecture itself. Early experience in high-rise corporate office buildings in the United States with Skidmore Owings and Merrill and large scale urban regeneration and redevelopment programmes with O.M.Ungers in Europe led to competition wins which facilitated the establishment of an independent consultancy ‘Field ‘ in Architecture and Urbanism. Further awards reflected his expertise in urban design, contractual procurement, project planning and management, partnering, local government negotiation and the production of strategic feasibilities.

His current work celebrates his growing commitment to user demographics and brand marketing, sustainable design, and the shifting economic structures that question much of what has gone before in Western economies and consequent design for life in today’s cities. Kevin held committee positions at the RIBA and the ARB. Formerly a director of the international architectural practice Echo Architecture, working on projects as diverse as sustainable Gulf container housing, South East London social-development agendas, and online social-marketed cultural retail in a Grade1 listed Northern UK venue, he is now Head of Architecture at Cornerstone Strategies. A collaborator as both educator and architect, he looks to connect within challenging alliances amongst like-minded architects and designers, educators, students, developers, urban commercial consultants and academics.
Clients include: Boroughs of Bromley, Southwark, Walsall and Lambeth, City of Sunderland; Arts Council of England, Architecture Foundation, CABE, British Council, DTI, NEF, ICA, LSE, University of Cambridge. RIBA, South Bank Centre, Whitechapel Art Gallery; Aveda, Condé Nast, Vodafone, Prêt a Manger , Proctor & Gamble, PlayStation, Blue Yonder, News International, Tourist Board of Abu Dhabi (TDIC), Dubai International, Fawaz Alhokair, Jumeirah Golf Estates (Leisurecorp), Nakheel.

Kevin is currently Academic Lead and holds the Chair in Architectural Practice; Professor of Architecture at the University of Central Lancashire.



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