DENNIS CROMPTON

DipArch (M/cr), Cert TP

Registered Architect 1961–

 

Born in Blackpool in 1935. A member of the architect-collaborative group Archigram, which was established in London in 1961. Working together until 1975, the group operated as an experimental ‘think-tank’, producing a magazine, projects, models, exhibitions and proposals that represented a shift in how architectural practice is considered, prioritizing processes and responsive structures for living over the notion of architecture as a static, form-based commodity. Influenced by popular culture and responding to the proliferation of technological advances at the time, as well as recognizing the increasing social and political discontent. Archigram’s production emphasized mobility and flexibility in ways that continue to have currency today.

 

Conspicuously in charge of all the technical matters that form part of Archigram's output. The inventor of the 'things that go bang in the night'. An enthusiast on gadgets, machines, techniques and systems. The most practical member of the group who has nevertheless been known to flip completely when confronted with the opportunity to make a bigger and better and more bang-in-the-night apparatus. 

 

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 1961-74” which opened in Vienna in 1994. Designs exhibitions and books when ever the opportunity arises and has continued to guided the Archigram Exhibition around Europe, Asia and North America to the present.

 

Had a strong involvement with the Architectural Association School since 1965 were, until 1996, he was responsible for communications and publishing. More recently teaching the masters courses in Architecture and Urban Design at the Bartlett. Frequently lectures at Schools of Architecture, Urbanism and Design in the United States and Europe. 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

1954-1959     School of Architecture, Manchester University.

1958-1960     Department of Town Planning, Manchester University

1961-             Registered Architect

 

 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

1958-1960     Frederick Gibberd and Partners

1960-1962     London County Council/Greater London Council Architects Department, Special Works Division, South Bank Development Group

1960-1962    Exhibition Introducing the South Bank Development at the Royal Festival Hall and the Tea Centre, Haymarket, London

1960-1962     Job architect for the Hayward Gallery.

1961              Lillington Street Housing Competition

1961              Lincoln Civic Centre Competition, mention

1961–1975    Founder Member of the Archigram Group with Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, David Greene, Ron Herron and Mike Webb

1961-1970     Co-Editor of Archigram Magazine

1962-1964     Taylor Woodrow’s Special Design Group under Theo Crosby for the outline development of Euston Station and participated in the Fulham Study

1963              Living City Exhibition at the ICA, London. Archigram Group

1964-1965     Work with the Alex Gordon Partnership on the IBIS project

1965              Plug’n Clip Room exhibition with Peter Cook. Archigram Group

1966              IDEA Folkstone, Exhibition and Conference. Archigram Group

1967              House 1990 Exhibition for the Weekend Telegraph and Harrods. Archigram Group

1967              Beyond Architecture Exhibition. Archigram Group

1967              Control and Choice Housing, Paris Biennale. Archigram Group

1967              The Greater Number, Milan Triennale Exhibition. Archigram Group

1967              Graham Foundation award for the Instant City Study. Archigram Group

1968-1970     Osaka World Fair, International Section. Archigram Group

1969              Features Monte Carlo, Competition, First Prize. Archigram Group

1969-1975     Partner, Archigram Architects with Peter Cook and Ron Herron from its inception on winning the limited competition for the Monte Carlo Entertainments Centre to the closure of the practice

1971              Monte Carlo Casino Competition, Archigram Architects

1972              ‘Cheer up It’s Archigram’ Exhibition, ICA, London, Archigram Group

1972              AA 125 Exhibition, Archigram Architects

1972              Calverton End Adventure Playground, Archigram Architects

1973              Malaysia Exhibition. Archigram Architects

1973              Swimming Pool and Kitchen Block for Rod Stewart, Archigram Architects

1975–            Private practice and design consultancy specialising in exhibitions, graphics and book design

1975-1985     Graphic design consultant to Academy Editions/Architectural Design, including Architectural Monographs: 3 James Gowan (1978); 4 Alvar Aalto (1978); 5 Michael Graves (1979); 6 Edwin Lutyens (1979); 7 Alison + Peter Smithson (1982)

1978-1997     Responsible for exhibitions (to 1992) and for the development, design and production of approximately 100 catalogues and books for the Architectural Association.

1978-             Design and production of The New Magic Lantern Journal, now in its tenth volume

1982              British Architecture, exhibition and publication for Architectural Design at the Royal Institute of British Architects

1983              Liberty Style, exhibition catalogue designed for Academy Editions, London and Parko, Tokyo

1986              Kawasaki Information City Competition, Commended, with Ron Herron

1986              The Ten Year Book, design and production of publication for the Magic Lantern Society

1986              Dates and Sources, design and production of publication for the Magic Lantern Society  

1989              Tension Structures, exhibition and catalogue for the Building Centre Trust

1990              The Interaction of Structure and Services, exhibition and catalogue for the Building Centre Trust

1990              Magic Images, design and production of publication for the Magic Lantern Society

1991              Then and Now – A Celebration of 1930s Architecture, exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

1992              The Art of the Structural Engineer, exhibition and catalogue for the Building Centre Trust

1992              Pavilions Near and Far, exhibition and catalogue for the Building Centre Trust

1992              In the Line of Development – York, Rosenberg and Mardall to YRM 1930–1992, exhibition and publication for YRM

1993              Making a Stand, exhibition and catalogue for the Building Centre Trust

1993              From Terminus to Terminal, exhibition and catalogue for the Building Centre Trust

1993              Cedric Price – Three Projects, exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

1993              Light and Shadow – the Photography of Helene Binet, exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

1993              AA 150 – Graduates 1991–96 Exhibition for the Architectural Association

1993              The Lantern Image, design and production of publication for the Magic Lantern Society

1994              Archigram Exhibition, Vienna and Paris. Design of exhibition with Ron Herron

1994              A Guide to Archigram, designer/editor of the publication

1994              The Visions of Ron Herron by Reyner Banham, Editor and designer (Academy Editions)

1997              Servants of Light, Co-editor and designer of the publication

1997–2003    Archigram Exhibition, curator and designer for presentations at Hamburg, Manchester, New York, Pasadena, San Francisco, Seattle, Milan, Brussels, Rotterdam, Winnipeg, Chicago.

1998              Editor and designer of new publication Concerning Archigram (now in its forth edition)

1999              Ticket to Paradise, exhibition of the photographs of John Margolies and cinema ephemera

2000              The Buildings of Paul Rudolph, exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

2000              Innovation Stories, exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

2000              Libraries exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

2000              The Bartlett Book of Ideas, publication co-design and production

2000              The Museum of Scotland, exhibition of the work of Benson & Forsyth for the Building Centre Trust

2000              The Making of the Lowry, exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

2001              Renewable Energy, exhibition

2001              Encyclopaedia of the Magic Lantern, Design and production of the publication, Nominated finalist for the Kraszna-Krausz Award

2001              Seaside Madness – American Atlantic Coast Resorts, exhibition of the photographs and paper artefacts from the John Margolies Archive for the Building Centre Trust

2002              Housing in Japan, exhibition for the Building Centre Trust

2002              50/50 – Crowning Achievements: Future Prospects, exhibition for Emap Publications and the Building Centre Trust.

2002              Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, Archigram Group

2003-2005     Archigram Exhibition Asia Tour, curator and designer for presentations at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; Seoul Arts Centre, Korea; Mito Arts Tower, Japan

2003-2004     Archigram Exhibition UK Tour, curator and designer for presentations at Milton Keynes Gallery; Nottingham Castle Museum; Design Museum, London; Baltic Centre, Gateshead

2005              Realms of Light, design and production of the publication

2005              IN/EX-terior: The Work of Eva Jiricna, design and production of the publication

 

 

ACADEMIC

2008              Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, St Louis

1999-2004     Teaching the Masters programmes in Architectural Design and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

1964-1999     Teaching at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in various capacities from Tutor then Unit Master and from 1974 to 1993 Co-ordinator of the Communications Unit teaching all aspects of media. Responsible for AA Exhibitions (1978-92) and for the development, design and production of most of the AA Publications since the late seventies to 1997.

1965-1968     Academic member of the Light/Sound Workshop at Hornsey College of Art

1969-1971     Media studies research, Enfield Technical College

1969              Visiting professor, University of Hawaii

1971-1972     Research Fellow, The Royal College of Art

1972              Artist-in-Residence, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

Has lectured widely in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia