Sir Colin St. John Wilson, RIBA, a noted British architect, educator, and arts patron, died on May 14, at the age of 85. Known as “Sandy” to his friends and colleagues, he had taught at both Yale and MIT, and served as director of the Cambridge School of Architecture. Wilson’s enduring built achievement is the British Library. Completed in 1997, this controversial but now celebrated landmark adjacent to St. Pancras Station, London, was a commission that occupied several decades of his career. The red brick, asymmetrically formed building represents the culmination of his approaches, combining monumental scale with great attention to detail.
Sir Colin Wilson, Noted British Architect, Dies at 85
June 11, 2007