Architecture

Faculty

Michael Webb

Michael Webb was born in Henley on Thames, England, in 1937. He studied architecture at the then Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture (now the University of Westminster) from 1953–72, a somewhat lengthy student career compared with the five years it is supposed to take. A project he designed during his fourth year at the Polytechnic found its way into an exhibition at MOMA New York called Visionary Architecture in 1961, and his thesis project was featured in November 2009 in the First Projects exhibition at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

In 1963, Webb joined a group of young architects who referred to themselves as the Archigram Group and published a magazine by the same name. They rebelled against what they saw as the failure of the architectural establishment in Britain to produce buildings reflecting the dynamic changes, both technological and social, the country was then undergoing. For the past 17 years a large exhibition of the group’s work has been touring world capitals, and in 2006 the group was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Web emigrated to the US in 1965 and has since produced a body of drawing he sees as his raison d’etre. His Temple Island Study drawings resulted in an eponymous book published by the AA in 1987, and he is also known for his Drive-in House series. He has had one-man shows at the Cooper Union, Columbia University, the Storefront Gallery in New York, the Architecture League in New York, the University of Manitoba at Winnipeg and the Art Net Gallery in London. He was a fellow at the CCA in Montreal in 2010 and 2011.