Twentieth Century Architects: Aldington, Craig and Collinge
By Alan Powers
Peter Aldington started his independent architectural practice in 1962, quickly earning an international reputation for designing small houses that respected their village locations and achieved effective transitions between interior and garden.
John Craig became a partner in the practice in 1970 and they went on to design ground-breaking doctors' group practice surgeries, shops, office interiors and public housing. With the Royal Mail and Hemel Hempstead in the mid 1980s, Aldington, Craig and their younger partner, Paul Collinge, produced their own version of 'high tech'.
Aldington, Craige and Collinge made a major impact in the 1960s and 1970s through its houses and medical buildings, each of which was deeply considered in relation to the site and the way that it would be used. Landscape was integral to the designs, and construction details were clearly expressed within an overall concept of varied and enjoyable spaces. The story unfolds against a background of high hopes for a more sensitive modern architecture in Britain, up to the retirement of the two original partners in 1986.
Alan Powers, Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, describes the distinctive ideology of Aldington, Craig and Collinge through their built and unbuilt projects. He positions them against the shifting background of modernism in Britain, in which Aldington and Craig played a role as educators and polemicists, calling for better public understanding of the value that architects could bring to living and place-making.
London 2009, 16.5cm, x 23.5cm, illustrated, 143pp. Paperback.