I was sad to hear of the recent death of Sir Christopher Zeeman, the mastermind behind the Warwick Mathematics Research Centre Houses, and I’ve just read Ian Stewart’s Guardian‘s obituary. I wrote about HKPA’s Grade II*-listed maths houses recently in Brick Bulletin (PDF link), and the forthcoming HKPA book has more detail. Sir Christopher’s own account is well worth a read also (PDF link).
Christopher Zeeman and Bill Howell were of similar ages and backgrounds (public school, RAF, Gonville & Caius) and client and architect really seem to have hit it off. In memory of Sir Christopher, and with the kind permission of Elaine Greaves Coelho, here’s a photograph of the two gamely planting a White Chestnut at the centre of the group in March 1969 (Howell is on the right), with Warwick Vice-Chancellor Jack Butterworth looking on.