Guildford Wey Valley Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Guildford Wey Valley Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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Here's One They Prepared Earlier
Mr Brian Stater
Thursday 19 October 2017

Sir Christopher Wren, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Inigo Jones, Joseph Paxton .... all these outstanding architects began with modest buildings which give glimpses of their future accomplishments.  This lecture traces the little-known and highly entertaining story of how Rogers and Foster struggled to complete a terrace of three beautiful houses in 1960s north London.  We also look at a charming brick pavilion attributed to Jones and the bizarre use to which was put in the 20th century.  We also examine Wren's first commission, a beautiful college chapel, and a tiny glasshouse by Joseph Paxton, who went on to build the mighty Crystal Palace.

Brian Stater BA MSc

His chief interests lie in photography, architecture and history and he combines all three in his lecturing career.  He has taught at University College London since 1997 and became a NADFAS lecturer in 2003.  He is a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography and an exhibition of his own photographs has been staged at UCL.  In an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the skills of some great photographers of the past, he has begun to work with a pre-War Leica camera, as used by his great hero, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many others.


This lecture will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 10.15am.