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London – the Architectural Association

WithJoseph Rykwert

This chapter presents autobiography of Joseph Rykwert and explores how his life's experiences shaped his working life. He addresses the dualities between which he had to navigate: Jewish/Polish, Polish/British and later, Practice/Scholarship. He spent most of his working life between the USA and UK and worked both as a designer and a writer; as such his ground-breaking ideas and work have had a major impact on the thinking of architects and designers since the 1960s and continue to do so to this day. London had pleasures to offer more varied – in spite of the bombs – than he had tasted in Cambridge, which semi-rural High Barnet denied him. There was a good proportion of opportunist sloggers – the prospects of large-scale reconstruction made architecture a default profession for anyone looking for a career through higher education.