Front cover of Iconic Modern Architecture by Douglas Smith


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30 May 2017

Douglas Smith's original 34 watercolours and 30 drawings have become part of the RIBA Drawing Collection held by the Victoria & Albert Museum London.  The original works were produced for his book 'Iconic Modern Architecture' published in 2015.

Charles Hind, FSA Chief Curator of the RIBA Drawings Collection at the V&A was keen to improve the representations in the collection of work by architects as artists and illustrators.  The RIBA Collection of Drawings is the most important collection of British architectural drawings in the world, containing important original drawings by foreign architects and including nearly 3,000 drawings and sketches by Andrea Palladio.

"You have made the most up-to-date contribution to our collection covering both categories of architect as designer and architect as artist," Charles Hind told Douglas Smith. 

Watercolour by Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith, Royal Ontario Museum designed by Daniel Libeskin, watercolour

The Chief Curator Charles Hind met Douglas Smith at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 9th May 2017 to give him a private view of the collection.  "I was shown some of their treasures from the collection, including drawings by Andrea Palladio through to my own," said Douglas Smith, 'What a privilege!".

Douglas Smith founded and directed Douglas Smith Stimson Partnership Limited (DSSP), a multi-disciplinary practice of architects, landscape architects and interior designers, based in  Leicester. He is the author of eight books of architecture, design, paintings and sketches.  Douglas Smith was President of Leicester Society of Artists for 27 years from 1987 to 2014.