Sir David Chipperfield CBE is Director of David Chipperfield Architects with offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice was established in 1985 and has won more than 50 national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence.
He studied at Kingston School of Art (now Kingston University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture), and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.
David Chipperfield was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart (1995-2001) and Norman R Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011. He has taught and lectured worldwide at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. He was Curator of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale on the theme “Common Ground”.
He was architect for the reconstruction of the destroyed Neues Museum in Berlin which reopened in October 2009; the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany which won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007; and the America’s Cup Building (Veles e Vents) in Valencia, Spain, winner of the LEAF Award Grand Prix 2006. He is also architect of the award-winning River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames using green oak cladding, concrete and glass; the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa; and the Central Public Library in Des Moines, Iowa. Current projects include the Anchorage Museum Expansion in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
He is an honorary fellow of both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA). He is also a past winner of the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Metal, the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts and the Grand DAI (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine) Award for Building Culture.
David Chipperfield was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004, appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. He received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011, given in recognition of a lifetime’s work and was awarded the 2013 Praemium Imperiale prize given by the Japan Art Association.
He was a keynote speaker at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction held at the IIT Bombay in April 2013.