Lecture : 22 May 2014 at 2.30 given by Brian Stater

Sir Christopher Wren, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Inigo Jones, Joseph Paxman …… all these outstanding architects began with modest buildings which give glimpses of their future accomplishments. This lecture traces the little-known and highly entertaining story of how Rogers and Foster struggled to complete a terrace of three beautiful houses in 1960s north London. We look also at a charming brick pavilion attributed to Jones and the bizarre use to which it was put in the 20th century. And we examine Wren’s first commission, a beautiful college chapel, and a tiny glasshouse by Joseph Paxton, who went on to build the mighty Crystal Palace

Brian’s chief interests lie in architecture, photography and history and he combines all three in his lecturing career. He has taught architectural history at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London, since 1997 and became a NADFAS lecturer in 2003. He is a member of the Association and Fine Art Photography and an exhibition of his own photographs has been staged at UCL. In an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of  the skills of some great photographers of the past, he has begun to work with a pre-War Leica camera, as used by his great hero, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many others. Brian is a lively and engaging speaker who seeks to entertain as well as inform his audience