This afternoon event reflects on, commemorates and celebrates the life, work and influence of Gordon Cullen, in the centenary year of his birth.

Cullen, architect, artist, planning consultant and draughtsman, is most renowned for his book Townscape (in later editions The Concise Townscape) a book which is still revered today, a half a century after its first publication. Cullen was one of the most influential opinion formers in urbanism and architecture in post-war Britain and a key thinker in the worldwide development of urban design as practice and public policy.

After working as a draughtsman in several key architectural practices including Tecton, he became most famously during his period as assistant editor of the Architectural Review between 1947 and 1958. He gave form and content to the townscape editorial campaign through his articles later recollected in Townscape.

When quitting the Review, he transformed the principles of townscape into a practice in his own work. He was a planning consultant for several municipalities, worked with key practices and personalities, from Graeme Shankland to Norman Foster, and with urban development corporations and agencies such as the LDDC and the SDA. This experience lasted in the architectural practice which he eventually founded with his son-in-law David Price. Gordon Cullen died in 1994, leaving a legacy of writing, drawing and work on the ground which continues to influence generations of planners and architects.

Gordon Cullen studied architecture at the former Regents Street Polytechnic, now the University of Westminster and his family is planning to bequeath his personal collection of papers and drawings to the University’s archives. The event will be held in the Fyvie Hall in the original Polytechnic building.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Peter Rees,
  • Alan Powers,
  • Mike Biddulph
  • Clement Orillard

Some members of Cullen’s family will be present and participants will be invited to share their memories and reflections on the life and work of this remarkable man.

Tickets: £25

There are also a limited number of reduced price places (£10) for current and former University of Westminster students. Please contact Andy Colley, Event Coordinator for more information.

View the full seminar programme here.

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Registration at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

'Visualising Townscape' Guided Walk

Andrew Stuck is pleased to offer this separate but related celebratory walk in honour of Gordon Cullen in which we invite you to sketch, photograph and record the changing urban townscape on a route through the City of Westminster.

11am - 1pm Saturday 29 November


  • Advanced priced standard ticket: £15
  • Student ticket: £7
  • Pay on the day: £20

Introduce a friend and get a discount of £2 each (or a discount of £1 each for students). 

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