Chris Wilkinson (1945-2021) set up Chris Wilkinson Architects in 1983, entering into partnership with Jim Eyre in 1987 to form WilkinsonEyre.  The practice achieved recognition with two Jubilee line projects, Stratford Station and Stratford Market Depot, and went on to design a number of Millennium Projects around the UK, including Explore at Bristol and Magna, Rotherham, which won the prestigious Stirling Prize in 2001. The following year the practice won the prize again for Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

His belief that architecture bridges art and science was a fundamental basis for the practice ethos and he reinforced this in his own drawings, paintings and writings.

Throughout his career, Chris began each design with a rigorous investigation of the specificity of the brief and context, leading to works that fuse pragmatic solutions with visual flair. Having seen innovation as the backbone of modernism, Chris championed new technologies but incorporated a more inspired poetic approach into the narrative, giving depth and meaning to the built outcome. 

His leadership led to considerable success and an international portfolio, including the Guangzhou International Finance Center, China, the Mary Rose Museum, UK and the Crown Sydney Resort Hotel (One Barangaroo) on the Darling Harbour waterfront in Australia.

This contribution to architecture has been recognised with an OBE in the Millennium Honours list, election to the Royal Academy of Arts, an Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture and Honorary doctorates at Westminster University and Oxford Brookes University.

He was a visiting professor at Harvard University, an external examiner for the Mackintosh School of Art, Westminster University and the Bartlett School of Architecture and a Commissioner of English Heritage. Amongst other appointments he was Patron of the Civic Trust Awards and Treasurer of the Royal Academy and Chair of its Client Committee. His written works included Supersheds and Bridging Art & Science, co-authored with Jim Eyre