Wilford & Partners

"In 1960 Michael Wilford joined the practice which James Stirling created in 1956. The Stirling/Wilford partnership was established in 1971 and continued until James Stirling's death in 1992. From 1993 to 2001 Michael Wilford worked in partnership under the name of Michael Wilford and Partners. In England Michael Wilford now practices under the name of Michael Wilford architects and in Germany has established Wilford Schupp, based in Stuttgart.

Michael Wilford's work has gained international renown and includes significant public buildings such as performing art centres, art galleries, museums and libraries located around the world. These projects have won many architectural awards, the most recent including The Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Award in 2001 for The Lowry performing and visual arts centre in Salford, England."

The Lowry Arts Centre
, Salford Quays, 1997 - 2000

Michael Wilford says this about The Lowry, "The Lowry is a landmark Millennium building located on the Manchester shipping canal. The complex brief includes galleries for touring exhibitions and for the City of Salford's Lowry collection, a Lowry study centre, the 'Artworks' interactive childrens' gallery, a 1730 seat lyric theatre and 450 seat flexible courtyard theatre, rehearsal rooms and full support facilities, bars, cafes, retail and hospitality suites. Proving to be very popular, visitor numbers have more than doubled from those first anticipated and the Lowry has now become a 'destination' in itself."