Brian Frost, 1939-2021: This was his tomorrow

courtesy of Christian Frost

The architect who worked with some of the profession’s legendary names died this month. Christian Frost looks back at his father’s career

The architect Brian Frost has died at the age of 81. His life followed the path of a generation of architects who were shaped by the desire to build following the destruction of the Second World War.

He was born in Rochford, Essex, in May 1939. As an architecture student at Southend Municipal College, his tutor Anthony Jackson invited him to help out at the seminal This is Tomorrow exhibition which opened at the Whitechapel Gallery in east London in August 1956. The significance of this event for him was still evident even towards the end of his life.

Anyone arriving in London at this time was faced by massive, empty bomb sites. The rubble had been cleared but he found the hope and ambition of the artists and architects at This is Tomorrow hugely encouraging – a fact which later drove him to work for two of the other contributors to the exhibition: James Stirling and Colin St John “Sandy” Wilson.

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