Our new book Heritage & Modernity is ready to pre-order

We are delighted that our new book ‘Heritage & Modernity’ is now ready to pre-order from here.

Photographs: Peter Landers, David Churchill
Design: Tom Green
Publisher: Lund Humphries
We will have a launch party in September – follow us for more details.


‘We build “new into old”‘: since Chris Dyson set up his own practice in 2004, he has gained a reputation as one of the foremost historic conservation architects, poetically adapting listed buildings for the 21st century. Yet the vigour and originality he brings to his work is far from a conventional conservation approach. Dyson’s is an architecture seemingly with no rules, yet at the same time marked by a recurring interest in the interactions between people and city, culture and community.

Dyson’s work is indelibly associated with Spitalfields, having lived and worked there since 1990, and it’s a place that provides a fitting metaphor for his architecture. Over its history Spitalfields has been subject to recurring waves of new people and cultures, which has created somewhere defined by its rich cultural and material layers. And so with Dyson’s architecture, in which, even with new-build projects, there’s an overriding sense of different elements – be they material, temporal or cultural – coming together into coherent wholes. Dyson’s is that rare thing: architecture that feels old and new at the same time.

This volume is the first sustained critical analysis of Chris Dyson Architect’s philosophy, approach and body of work, focusing on their particular expertise in being sensitive to a sense of place, history and heritage.

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