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Richard Seifert (born Reubin Seifert, 25 November 1910 – 26 October 2001)[1] was a Swiss-British architect, best known for designing the Centrepoint tower and Tower 42 (previously the NatWest Tower), once the tallest building in the City of London. His eponymously named practice – R. Seifert and Partners (later the R. Seifert Co-Partnership) was at its most prolific in the 1960s and 1970s, responsible for many major office buildings in Central London as well as large urban regeneration projects in other major British cities.

Reubin "Richard" Seifert
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Born(1910-11-25)25 November 1910
Zurich, Switzerland
Died26 October 2001(2001-10-26) (aged 90)
NationalityBritish
OccupationArchitect
PracticeR. Seifert and Partners
BuildingsCentre Point
Tower 42
Gateway House
Alpha Tower
King's Reach Tower
More listed below
Gateway House, Manchester (1969).
Centre Point, London (1966).
Tower 42, London (1980).

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BiographyEdit

Seifert was born to a Swiss family and came to London when young. He attended the Central Foundation Boys' School[2] and subsequently obtained a scholarship to the Bartlett School of Architecture, graduating in 1933.[1] Seifert served in the Royal Engineers during World War II.[3]

Seifert and his company were responsible for more London buildings than Sir Christopher Wren and designed more than 500 office blocks across the UK and Europe.[1]

Following his retirement in 1984, his son John Seifert who had worked with his father for 15 years, took over the practice, which survived in various forms until 2010. John Seifert now practices under the name Sigma Architects in the UK and Seifert Architects LLC abroad – continuing the legacy of hotel and commercial developments begun by his father.[citation needed]

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C467/05) with Richard Seifert in 1996 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.[4]

List of worksEdit

London and suburbsEdit

[citation needed]

 
The Anderston Centre, Glasgow (1972).
 
Sussex Heights apartment block, Brighton (1968).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Richard Seifert (obituary)". The Guardian. 29 October 2001. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  2. ^ "Alumni". Central Foundation Boys' School. 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. ^ William D. Rubinstein (22 February 2011). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 890–. ISBN 978-0-230-30466-6.
  4. ^ National Life Stories, 'Seifert, Richard (1 of 8) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives', The British Library Board, 1996. Retrieved 10 April 2018
  5. ^ H.M. Land Registry Title number LN49048, drawing numbers 376.8 to 376.15 & 376.28, plans to the deed of 30 January 1963 made between W. McQueen & Co Ltd, Arrol Investment Company Limited and Cornersites (Investments) Limited

External linksEdit

  Media related to Richard Seifert at Wikimedia Commons