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James Stirling Architect : Architecture

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post updated 17 February 2024

James Stirling Architecture News

5 Sep 2013
The Florey Building, Queen’s College Oxford, England
The Florey building Oxford
photograph © James Brittain
Florey Design Competition
The Queen’s College, Oxford is delighted to announce the launch of the Florey Design Competition. The College seeks a dedicated team to restore and add new facilities to James Stirling’s Modernist masterpiece, The Florey building, which is Grade II listed.

James Stirling Buildings

26 Oct 2011
Leicester Engineering Department Building Renovation, England
Stirling and Gowan ; renovation by Berman Guedes Stretton
University of Leicester Engineering Department by James Stirling Architect
picture from S&R
Leicester Engineering Department
Berman Guedes Stretton has been appointed by the University of Leicester to renovate its engineering department workshops. Designed by Stirling and Gowan in 1959 and considered one of the most significant and influential post war buildings in the UK, it is famous for its sculptural, diamond shaped glazed roof form.

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Exhibition

James Frazer Stirling : Notes From The Archive
Monographic exhibition at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Dates: 1 Oct 2011 – 15 Jan 2012
Location: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, southwest Germany

James Stirling Exhibition

Previously was at Tate Britain, London, from 5 Apr – 21 Aug 2011.

New photos of Andrew Melville Halls – designed by this 20th Century British architect – taken on 7 Apr 2011:
Andrew Melville Hall
photo © Adrian Welch

Laurence Bain, Project Architect on Andrew Melville Hall, told e-architect:
“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the project it would be wonderful to complete Jim’s masterplan perhaps with a different architect designing each of the 5 ‘wings’ “.

James Stirling – Key Projects

Featured James Stirling Buildings

Andrew Melville Halls, St. Andrews, Scotland
Date built: 1967
Andrew Melville Halls
photo © Adrian Welch
Two wings set at an acute angle with student dormitories stepped down section towards the tips from a pivotal core. Description further down page.
Scottish Building by James Stirling – new photos added 7 Apr 2011

Faculty of History, University of Cambridge – Sidgwick Site, England, UK
Date built: 1968
Faculty of History Building Cambridge
photo © Adrian Welch
Controversial modern Cambridge building that had problems with overheating, leaks, falling tiles, etc.
Faculty of History Cambridge building

Clore Gallery, Tate Gallery, London, England, UK
Date built:
Design: James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates Ltd (JSMW&A) then Bain + Bevington Architects
Clore Gallery London
photo © Adrian Welch
Clore Gallery London

Lowry Centre, Salford Quays, Manchester, England, UK
Date built:
Design: JSMW&A completed as Michael Wilford and Partners Ltd then Bain + Bevington Architects Ltd
Lowry Centre
image © Adrian Welch
Lowry Centre Manchester

Number 1 Poultry, City of London, England, UK
Date built:
Design: JSMW&A completed as Michael Wilford and Partners Ltd
1 Poultry building
photos © Adrian Welch
Number 1 Poultry building – new photos in Nov 2012

Giardini – Stirling Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Date built:
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photographs © AW

James Stirling Architect : more details

Major Buildings by James Stirling in UK

James Stirling Buildings, chronological:

Ham Common Flats, London, England
1955-58 (Stirling and Gowan)

School Assembly Hall, Camberwell, London, England
1958-61 (Stirling and Gowan)

Engineering Building, Leicester University, Leicester, England
1959-63 (Stirling and Gowan)

History Faculty Library, Cambridge University, England

Infill Housing, Preston city centre, Lancashire, England

St. Andrews University Halls, Fife, Scotland

Olivetti Training Centre, Haslemere, Surrey, England

Old Peoples’ Home

Children’s Home

Cambridge University History Building, Cambridgeshire, England

Florey Building, Queen’s College Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Runcorn New Town Housing, Cheshire, England
1967-76 (James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates – JSMW&A)

Southgate Housing, Runcorn, Cheshire, England
1972-77 (JSMW&A)

Turner Museum + Tate Gallery Expansion, London, England
1980-87 (JSMW&A)

Tate Gallery, Albert Dock, Liverpool, England
1984-88 (JSMW&A

Lowry Centre, Salford Quays, Manchester, England
1991-2002 (JSMW&A; Michael Wilford and Partners Ltd; Bain + Bevington Architects Ltd)

Key Buildings outside UK

Buildings by Big Jim in various practice forms, chronological:

Neue Staatsgalerie + Kammertheater, Stuttgart, Germany
Dates built: 1977-83/4 started as a Jim Stirling & Partner project completed by JSMWA

British Embassy, Berlin, Germany
Date built: – (Michael Wilford and Partners all design & construction work after Jim’s death)

Sto building, Germany
Date built: – (Michael Wilford and Partners all design work & construction work carried out after Jim’s death)

Rice University Expansion, Texas, USA
Dates built: 1979-81 (JSMWA : Jim Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates)

Social Sciences Centre, Berlin, Germany
Dates built: 1979-87 (JSMWA)

Performing Arts Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Dates built: 1983-88 (JSMWA with Wank Adam Slavin Associates)

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Extension to Harvard University Fogg Museum*, USA
Dates built: 1979-84 (JSMWA with Perry Dean Rogers and Partners)

James Stirling & James Gowan Project

Leicester Engineering Building, England

*also known as Sackler Museum or Fogg Extension, Massachusetts

Jim Stirling’s Cambridge History Faculty context : Cambridge Architecture

Neue Staatsgalerie & adj. buildings
Neue Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Building
image © Rebecca Breun

James Stirling Michael Wilford Projects

Number 1 Poultry, London (JSMWAL completed as MWPL)

Lowry Centre, Salford, England (JSMWAL then MWPL then B+BAL legally the same office)

Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore (JSMWAL with DP architects)

Music School, Stuttgart, Germany (JSMWA then MWP)

B Braun Headquarters, Germany (JSMWA in association with Walter Nageli second phase by MWP)

Irvine Science Library, USA (JSMWAL with IBI Group)

Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK (phase 1 JSMWAL phase 2 MWPL phase 3 B+BAL legally the same office)

Clore Gallery, Tate Gallery, London (JSMWAL then B+BAL)

Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany (Stirling and Partner then JSMWA)

James Stirling Michael Wilford : chronological list of all key buildings

Jim Stirling had entered two architecture competitions in Cambridge with no joy, at Churchill College (1958) and Selwyn College (1959)

Location: London, England, UK

British Architecture Practice Information

Famous architect studio led by James and based in London, England.

London Architects

Architectural Design

Modern Architects

Stuttgart Buildings

Architecture Studios

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