William Whitfield (architect)
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Sir William Whitfield (21 October 1920 – 16 March 2019) was a British architect and town planner.


Early life

Whitfield was born in
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into a coal-owning family and studied architecture at King's College, Newcastle (later the Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape), where he was admitted at the unusually early age of 16, and where he later studied Town Planning after the
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Career

Whitfield designed the
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(1968) and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery Extension at the
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University of Glasgow
(1962–81), as well as an extension to the
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building (1964) and University Theatre (now unrecognisable and called the Northern Stage). He designed the Business School and the Science Library at
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Durham University
(both now extended). In 1970 a major bush-hammered concrete Brutalist extension to Whitfield's design was opened at
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and John Belcher's 1890-1893 Institute of Chartered Accountants headquarters,
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, including a new entrance; as well as the 1987 Department of Health building,
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Richmond House
in Richmond Terrace, Whitehall, London. He designed the Chapter House at
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St Albans Cathedral
, the Catheral Lodge in the close at
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Canterbury Cathedral
and the new
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Library at
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Hereford Cathedral
in a free gothic style. With Andrew Lockwood he designed the neo-Palladian mansion Tusmore Park in Oxfordshire for the Saudi Arabian financier
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. He was
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from 1985 to 1990, architect for the restoration of
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, a Commissioner of
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, Commissioner of the
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and a Trustee of the
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British Museum
. He was awarded
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in the 1976 Birthday Honours and knighted in the
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.


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External links


Biography in Oxford Index
{{DEFAULTSORT:Whitfield, William 1920 births 2019 deaths Architects from County Durham New Classical architects Commanders of the Order of the British Empire Knights Bachelor 20th-century English architects People from Stockton-on-Tees