Roger Westman

Roger Westman




Roger Westman (1939-2020) was an English architect perhaps best-known for his designs of hotels around the world. 

Westman was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London. He was one of a number of architects of his year that left the Architectural Association School of Architecture (1958-1963) to achieve recognition for their lasting contributions to architecture. 

Westman began his career working on Lambeth Council's urban planning programmes. In the 1960s, he was part of a formidable team of architects at Lambeth that designed the Central Hill Estate, completed in 1974.

His efforts to introduce minimalism into the London architectural scene are apparent in his designs of Tara Hotel in Kensington. 

Westman was one of the first architects to seek to minimise the negative environmental impact of large-scale building projects, particularly on Jerma Palace. 

In 1981, Westman exhibited his scheme Walls: A Framework for Communal Anarchy at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

Westman took his ideas of sustainability in architecture and acted as visiting lecturer at various universities in the UK, including the Architectural Association, the University of Cambridge, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the University of Bath. 

In 2019, it was announced that the Maltese government are considering demolition on the Jerma Palace Hotel, a hotel designed by Westman and completed in 1982. 

He was a close friend of Sir John Summerson, until Summerson's death on 10 November, 1992. Summerson had been a tutor of Westman's at the AA, and they shared a fondness for English architectural history. 

Westman was a long-time member of the Twentieth Century Society and had been involved in the restoration of many important buildings designed and built in the twentieth century. 

Westman died on 29 April 2020 (location missing).


Sep 1961 - Sep 1963


RIBA President's Award, Award


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