Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dennis Sharp passed away

Dear Docomomo friends,
It is with regret and sadness that we have to inform you that Dennis Sharp, joint-chair of Docomomo United Kingdom, died last week.

His contribution to Docomomo has been very important and intense. We have learnt from his opinions, points of view, texts and works and therefore it is a great loss for Docomomo and the whole architectural community.

We wish his family to have enough courage to come over this difficult situation.
Kind regards,

Ana Tostões
Docomomo International

Ivan Blasi
Docomomo International

Dennis Sharp (1933-2010)
a British architect, professor, curator, historian, author and editor.

Dennis Sharp is a highly respected member of the architectural profession. He was RIBA Vice President from 1991 to 1993 and National Council member from 1990 to 1994. In 1992 he helped set up the RIBA Architecture Centre and was consequently Chair of the Architecture Centre Committee from 1996 to 1999. DS has published a number of authoritative books on architecture, which have been translated into many languages including Chinese, Spanish, French and Japanese. Titles include: A Visual History of 20th Century Architecture, The Picture Palace and Expressionism.

Professional Appointments
2003-04 Consultant/ Adviser on British PFI Schools for the Japan PFI Association.
1994-present Nominator: Aga Khan Award for Architecture since its inception.
1999-present Chairman: DOCOMOMO UK.
1994-00 Member AA Council and Hon Secretary.
1991-93 RIBA Vice President (and National Council member 1990-94;1996-99) Chair: Architecture Center Committee.
1977-present Director: CICA (International Committee of Architectural Critics)
1991 Professor and Academic Adviser: International Academy of Architecture
1966-present Member: Society of Authors.

Academic Appointments
Dennis has held many academic posts as Visiting Critic, Lecturer or External Examiner at UCL, RCA, North London Poly, Oxford, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities. In addition he has been Visiting Professor at many universities:
1959-68 Lecturer in Architecture: Liverpool and Manchester Universities
1968-82 Head of History, Arts and History Dept.(1968-72) and Senior Lecturer, AA School of Architecture London
1980 Visiting Professor: Columbia University, NY
1984 Visiting Professor: Adelaide University SA
1968-70 Visiting Professor: Royal University of Malta
1998 Visiting Professor: University of Otaniemi Finland
1996-99 Special Professor in Architecture, University of Nottingham

Editorial Appointments
1962-70 NW Correspondent Architectural Design
1964-70 Editor Architecture North West
1967-83 AA General Editor. AA Quarterly, AA Papers
1998-present Executive Editor: World Architecture: Journal of the International Academy of Architecture) and International Architecture and Construction
2000-present L'Architettura Rome London Correspondent
Higher Education
1960-63 Leverhulme Research Fellow in Architecture, University of Liverpool School of Architecture
1954-57 Architectural Association School of Architecture, London
1951-54 Articled pupil, Luton School of Art.
1945-51 Bedford Modern School.

In 1991, Sharp became a professor at the International Academy of Architecture[1] (IAA) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sharp participated in the international architecture symposium "Mensch und Raum" (Man and Space) at the Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universität Wien) in 1984, which received much international attention. Other participants included Justus Dahinden, Pierre Vago, Bruno Zevi, Jorge Glusberg, Otto Kapfinger, Frei Otto, Paolo Soleri, Ernst Gisel, and Ionel Schein.

Since 1977 Sharp was Chairman of the International Committee of Architectural Critics. From 1991 to 1993 he was Vice President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1992 he was a co-founder of the RIBA Architecture Centre and served as its chairman until 1996.

Dennis Sharp was a partner in Dennis Sharp Architects (DSA) in Hertford and London. Projects include the award-winning Strawdance Studio, the renovation of the major Listed Buildings at Royal Ascot Racecourse (with HOK Sport), house conversions in Cambridge and Hertford and the renovation of Foster's Renault Centre Swindon. He was also Co-Chair of DOCOMOMO in UK.

Sharp was the author and editor of several books, including Modern Architecture and Exrpessionism, London: Longman,1966, "The Picture Place" London: Evelyn "The Bauhaus", Phaidon, "Twentieth Century Architecture. A Visual History" (4th edition:2002) and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture (1991) as well as surveys of the work of Calatrava, Nocoletti, England and Kurokawa. Recent publications include the new translation of Hermann Muthesius's The English House', Frances Lincoln, 2007.