Brian Avery who has died aged 73 had a passion for cities and landscapes. His work encompassed graphic design and a patented light fitting through to major cultural buildings in the heart of London.
His best known projects included the British Film Institute’s Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) and the London IMAX Cinema; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA); the Repton School Theatre; the headquarters of BHP Billiton at No1. Neathouse Place, Victoria and the new London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
Michael Hammond, Editor at WAN reflected; “I am honoured to have met Bryan a number of times at our WAN AWARDS judging sessions, he was always good fun to be around, being thoroughly conversant in his subject and his unique brand of tenacity delivered with good humour and good intent will be much missed.”
Bryan devoted a lot of time to the pursuit of self generated projects and grouped several together in his Wilderness City, a concept that included super-high density low-rise housing, an area that is now very much centre stage as cities grapple with their own housing issues.
His take on sustainability was idiosyncratic and one reviewer of his book Fragments of Wilderness City (2011) described it as “the clearest exposition of urban disintegration I have encountered.”
Once described by World Architecture Magazine as ‘London’s leading Futurist’, Bryan studied architecture at De Montfort University followed by an MA in the History and Theory of Architecture at Essex University under professors Joseph Rykwert and Dalibor Veseley. His architecture practice has received many awards and Bryan’s work has been widely published and he lectured in the UK and abroad.
He received an MBE for his Services to Architecture in 2015 and was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal from the Ion Mincu University in Bucharest.