John Winter (architect)

John Winter
Born16 May 1930
Died12 November 2012(2012-11-12) (aged 82)
PracticeJohn Winter & Associates

John Winter (16 May 1930 – 12 November 2012) was a British architect born in Norwich who lived and worked in London. He was well known for his modernist designs, and was reported to have never have had a planning application refused.[1]

Winter had two sons, Timothy[2] (now Abdul-Hakim Murad), Henry, the football correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, and a daughter, Martha, an artist.


Winter started his architectural career in Norwich where he completed a pupillage under an Arts and Crafts architect. From 1950 to 1953 he studied at the Architectural Association[3] in London and subsequently undertook national service with the Royal Engineers and learned to weld. He returned to education in the U.S. where he studied at Yale and then moved to San Francisco, where he worked for both Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Charles Eames.[4] Winter eventually returned to great England and joined the office of Ernő Goldfinger, before setting up his own private practice John Winter & Associates.

Winter wrote for various publications throughout his career including the Daily Telegraph and the Architectural Review, and in 1970 published Industrial Architecture: A Survey of Factory Buildings.[5]

The National Portrait Gallery has two colour print portraits of Winter in its collection.[6]

Winter retained close links with the Architectural Association during his career, teaching from 1960-64 with students including Jeremy Dixon, Edward Jones and Nicholas Grimshaw, and went on to become a member of Council, Honorary Secretary and as a trustee of the AA Foundation.

Built projects

  • 21 Upton Close, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7PD (1956)
  • 2 Regal Lane, London NW1 7TH (1961)
  • Virginia Water house, Wentworth (1966)
  • Cor-ten house, 81 Swains Lane, Highgate (1969; Grade II listed)[7]
  • Woughton Village housing, Milton Keynes (1974)
  • 85 Swains Lane house, Highgate (1982, demolished 2008)[8]


  1. ^ "Architects: We've got designs on your home". Daily Telegraph. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Timothy Winter: Britain's most influential Muslim - and it was all down to a peach". The Independent. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  3. ^ "OBITUARIES John Winter". Daily Telegraph. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ "John Winter (1930-2012)". Architectural Association. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ Winter, [by] John (1970). Industrial architecture: a survey of factory building. London: Studio Vista. ISBN 978-0289797730.
  6. ^ "John Winter". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  7. ^ "AJBL - John Winter House". Buildings Library. The Architects' Journal. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Veteran Modernist John Winter dies aged 82". The Architects' Journal. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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