Masterworks: Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts
Neil BinghamISBN: 9781905711833;
Since its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy has counted many of Britains most illustrious architects among its membership. This handsome book, generously funded by the Thaw Charitable Trust, illustrates the architect-Academicians Diploma Works. These works, representative examples of their output, are presented to the institution on their election. They include such varied projects as Sir John Soanes designs for a new House of Lords, Sir Robert Smirkes reconstructive interpretation of the Acropolis at Athens, William Wilkinss designs for the gateway and screen at Kings College, Cambridge, Alfred Waterhouses Manchester Town Hall, Sir Edwin Lutyenss work in New Delhi and Sir Nicholas Grimshaws Waterloo International Terminal. Neil Binghams incisive texts explore the background to each work, and his illuminating introduction considers the discipline of architecture within the history of the Royal Academy as a whole.
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