Mike ‘Spider’ Webb, born Henley-on- Thames, UK, 1937, studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now University of Westminster) where his student projects for the High Wycombe Furniture Manufacturers' building and the Sin Palace in Leicester Square gained international fame through Archigram -- while failing to convince the teaching staff. It took him seventeen years to finally qualify as an architect. While his Archigram projects include some of the group’s most famous propositions he works and reworks continually his astonishingly drawn conceptual projects, such as Temple Island. He moved to the USA to teach in 1965, and now lives in minimal recluse-dom in Upstate New York, while also teaching at Cooper Union -- and of course drawing
Has for some considerable time been living in the United States of America, and so is in a sense a ‘corresponding’ member of the Group. Nevertheless, his airmail relationship (and occasional head-to-head sessions) with the London part of the group is a very necessary part of its thinking and the total effort.
Always something of a loner, he too feels the pull and the necessity of the total Archigram effort Archigram.
Archigram, Edited by Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron & Mike Webb, 1972 [reprinted New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999].