Professor Richard Weston
Professor of Architecture
Research Group: Architectural Practice
Welsh School of Architecture
Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue
My early research focussed on regional interpretations of modern architecture, particularly in the Nordic countries. Following three books on Alvar Aalto, including a major Sir Banister Fletcher Prize-winning monograph, this culminated with the first comprehensive account of the work of Jørn Utzon, architect of Sydney Opera House. I subsequently helped edit, and contributed to, the Utzon Logbook series which documents in detail his major works.
Recently my attention has turned to changing attitudes to materials in architecture, and to nature as a source of data for the digital production of fabrics and ceramic tiles, rugs and jewellery. The former yielded the book Materials, Form and Architecture while the latter is introduced on the website www.earth.uk.net and in the books Formations and Quartz. I now combine teaching, research and writing with my consultancy – www.richardwestonstudio.com - and have just completed a book entitled 100 ideas that changed architecture, to be published in 2011. I supply Liberty with silk scarves (www.naturallyexclusive.com: their development 'was covered on the BBC2 TV series 'Britain's Next Big Thing' broadcast in March-May 2010; laminated into glass my digital fabrics feature on a new house by Patel Taylor and in apartments in the 2012 Olympic Village.
I am co-editor (with my colleague Dr Adam Sharr) of the refereed journal Architectural Research Quarterly (arq), published by Cambridge University Press, and regularly contribute reviews and articles to the wider architectural press.