Neave Brown - Wikipedia
In his eighties, he's just won a prize for his council housing from the 196os and 70s:
Neave Brown wins Royal Gold Medal for architecture
Housing represents arguably the most important piece of architecture its users will experience. Yet we have to go back to 1987 when Byker estate architect Ralph Erskine won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for the last time its recipient was so closely associated with housing. This year’s winner, Neave Brown, designed a series of council housing projects in the 60s and 70s, many for the London Borough of Camden, which
He is famously the only architect to have all his UK buildings listed, but when he was creating his schemes they were widely derided. As architectural historian Mark Swenarton points out in his medal citation, the orthodoxy then was for ‘slabs set in empty space, stemming from the ‘death of the street’ proclaimed by Le Corbusier’ while in contrast Brown ‘created a model in which connections were based on the street’.
Fittingly, his nomination was backed by considerable support from residents of his most famous project, the Alexandra Road estate. Brown is himself a rare example of an architect living in the development they designed, his home being on his own Dunboyne Estate.
Sadly Brown’s poor health means the 88-year-old will receive his medal at a private ceremony on Monday rather than the full hoopla event that usually takes place. It seems a pity the medal was not awarded earlier. But the RIBA is clearly seeking to make a clear statement about social housing through its choice, with president Ben Derbyshire urging the government to look to Brown’s ‘housing ideals and innovative architecture’ in solving the present housing crisis.
Tributes to Neave Brown: 'An architect who designed the setting for social life and relationships' | News | Architects Journal
The Dezeen magazine looks at his work:
Five key projects by 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown