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Having graduated in Architecture in 1977, he immediately began working with the studios of Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. In 1985, he founded his own practice, David Chipperfield Architects in London, opening offices also in Milan, Berlin and Shanghai. The studio’s most important work includes the rebuilding of the Neues Museum and the new-build James-Simon-Galerie, both on Museum Island in Berlin; the reconfiguration of the Royal Academy of Arts in London; the Amorepacific headquarters building in Seoul, a laboratory building on the Novartis campus in Basel and the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri.
Ongoing current projects include a new wing for modern and contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum in New York; a new building for the Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland; the refurbishment of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin; a mixed-use tower overlooking Bryant Park in New York; a new music venue in Edinburgh; and a mixed-use commercial tower in Hamburg.
David Chipperfield was Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001 and Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University in 2011. The subject of much international recognition, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004 and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. He has received the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts and a Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal for Architecture. For FontanaArte, he designed the suspension light Chandelier and the wall lamp Corrubedo.