Edward Cullinan (1931-2019)
Edward “Ted” Cullinan was born in London on 17th July 1931. He grew up in Hampstead and Regents Park, before studying at Cambridge, then later the Architectural Association and the University of California, Berkeley. He worked in the office of Denys Lasdun, helping to design the UEA student residences. After going into practice himself, Cullinan designed a number of private houses in the suburbs of London and further afield, most famously his own house in Camden Mews. Cullinan, his family and friends built the brick and timber house on weekends and in any spare time.
As the practice grew, more large scale work was taken on, often for local authorities. Social housing projects were designed for Camden (Leighton Crescent) and Hillingdon (Highgrove), as well as multiple offices for Olivetti. Cullinans designs mixed modernism, high tech and postmodernism with vernacular techniques and a deep interest in materials. The use of timber increasingly became a trademark of the practices work, later renamed Cullinan architects, as seen at the Downland Gridshell museum building in West Sussex, the structure a complex frame of oak created by master carpenters. Cullinan was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 2008 and died in 2019, whilst still living at his Camden house built in the 1960s.
Featured Buildings: Bartholomew Villas, Camden Mews, Greenholm Road, Highgrove Estate, Leighton Crescent, St Mary’s Barnes