HKPA in Cambridge


This walking tour takes in the Cambridge works of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, some of the finest educational buildings of the 1960s. Bill Howell (1922-74), the partner in charge of HKPA’s Cambridge projects, trained at the Cambridge School of Architecture in 1946-8, returning in 1973 to replace Leslie Martin as head of school. We start at the Senior Combination Room at Downing College (1967-9), whose pedimented form reflects William Wilkins’s Greek Revival campus. The Cambridge University Centre (1964-7) is a feisty package of common rooms studded around a full-height hall. At Darwin College, we will be met by Dean Hawkes, an authority on the College’s architecture and a friend of Howell’s. After lunch in the Hall we will explore the residential Rayne building (both 1967-8), before concluding at Blundell Court at Sidney Sussex College (1967-9).


Brutalism at Burghley: Celebrating HKPA

On 28 June 2017, I’ll be giving an illustrated talk on Howell Killick Partridge & Amis at the fabulous Acland Burghley School. This event is part of the London Festival of Architecture and there will be an opportunity to buy a copy of my book Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, published this month by Historic England.

Attendance is free of charge but advance booking is required. A limited number of places available, so book now!