Piers Gough – CZWG Architects

Piers Gough is widely recognised as an acclaimed postmodern architect, writer and leader in the profession. He was elected a Royal Academician in 2002 and Professor of Architecture of the Royal Academy Schools from 2013.

Alongside Nick Campbell, Roger Zogolovitch and Rex Wilkinson – fellow students at the Architectural Association School of Architecture – Gough established CZWG Architects in 1975.

Since then, they have completed many high-profile public, commercial and residential projects, including China Wharf, The Circle and Street-Porter House, all in London, Bryanston School’s Craft Design & Technology Building in Dorset, and the Aztec West in Bristol, all of which have been granted Grade II Listed status by Historic England.  More recently Piers designed Canada Water Library and Islington Square which is just reaching completion.

You’re renowned as a postmodern architect, creating vibrant structures that explode out of their surroundings whilst nonetheless feeling at home within them. Prospective architects submitting to the Anise Workshop competition will also find themselves working in an unusual area, surrounded by light industrial workshops and warehouses. What advice would you give to those looking to make an impact in unassuming surroundings?

Not exactly Las Vegas but it’s classic Scott Brown, Venturi & Izenour Duck v Decorated Shed land.

The fine combo of existing Chapel, fence and street tree is certainly asking for a strong response…