Architect David Rock's 1950s schemes won national design awards. Their romantic perspectives and detailing broke the mould for presentation. A world away from computers, they prefigure the skills of the young designer who became a key player in the Basil Spence studio, and the 60s development of multi-disciplinary Building Design Partnership; founded the 1970's workspace movement and his own practice; and became President RIBA.
His early, painterly fascination with colour, texture and weathering of materials has been constant throughout later painting - where observation and presentation of buildings and the urban scene celebrate the romantic overtones of even the most quirky, messy, layers of history and modern intrusions.
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