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Roger Westman

Roger Westman

Jarrow-on-Tyne

 

About 

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

Westman was educated, on a scholarship, at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London. He is one of a number of architects of his year that left the Architectural Association School of Architecture (1957-1963) to achieve recognition for their lasting contributions to architecture. Soon after leaving the AA, his history, titled, The Origins of the International Style in England 1927-1939 was published In 1967 by The Architectural Press. Westman featured in the programme 'Faces of Architecture'. The programme was a documentary project with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and British Film Institute (BFI). 

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.

In the late 1970s, Westman was one of the leading figures in the introduction of minimalism and brutalism into Britain. His efforts to introduce minimalism into the London architectural scene are apparent in his hotels scattered around London, including the Tara Hotel in Kensington. 

Until the 1990s, few architects were concerned with the environmental impact of their design and buildings. 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.

In 1989, Westman wrote an article about the importance of eco-friendly architecture, the use of materials and technology. After Westman published these articles, making buildings green and sustainable became a popular and important part of twenty first century architecture. 

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

In 1997, Westman received the RIBA President's Award for his long-lasting and influential contributions to British architecture.

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 architectural history. 

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

Education 

Sep 1961 - Sep 1963
 

Awards 

RIBA President's Award, Award

1997
 

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