Aiac Critic Lesson #4: DENNIS CROMPTON (Archigram)

Dennis Crompton was born in Blackpool, England, in 1935. He was a member of the architect-collaborative group Archigram, which was established in London in 1961. The group operated as an experimental “think-tank,” producing a magazine, projects, models, exhibitions, and proposals that represented a shift in how architectural practice was considered, by prioritizing processes and responsive structures for living in exchange for the notion of architecture as a static, form-based commodity.
As a member of Archigram, he has kept the group’s records from their earliest days and established the Archigram Archives in 1975 when they ceased to practice. He was responsible, with Ron Herron, for the assembly and design of the major exhibition, Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961o74, which opened in Vienna in 1994.
Crompton designs exhibitions and books whenever the opportunity arises and has continued to guide the Archigram Exhibition around Europe, Asia, and North America. He has had a strong involvement with the Architectural Association School since 1965, and he was responsible for communications and publishing until 1996. More recently he is involved in teaching the masters courses in architecture and urban design at the Bartlett. Crompton frequently lectures at schools of architecture, urbanism, and design in the United States and Europe.

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