Armstrong Chipperfield Architects split shortly after this photo was taken at the RIBA’s 40 Under 40 exhibition

Date 1985
Location London
Architect Armstrong Chipperfield Architects

It is week three of our series focusing on partnerships that disintegrated in a storm of acrimony. Photographed in August 1985 on the occasion of the opening of the RIBA’s 40 Under 40 exhibition are the five members of Armstrong Chipperfield, a practice that had been set up one year previously Partners David Chipperfield (centre) and Ken Armstrong (second left) first met at Foster Associates where they had collaborated on the proposed BBC building at London’s Langham Place.

By the time this photograph was taken the practice had completed the Von Posch shop in Jermyn Street and was in the process of realising another for Issey Miyake.

That scheme would form the focus of a practice profile in the October 1985 issue of Blueprint magazine, for which the two partners were photographed.

Rumour has it that a heated disagreement about the relative dimensions of their faces prompted the disbanding of their partnership soon afterwards.

The other architects featured in the photograph are, from left: Paul Nicholson, Aubrey Newman and Wilfred Wang.