Hugh Pearman (architecture critic) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Pearman_(architecture_critic)

Hugh Pearman
Born1955 Edit this on Wikidata (age 67)
OccupationJournalist, author Edit this on Wikidata
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire Edit this on Wikidata

Hugh Geoffrey Pearman MBE (born 29 May 1955[1]) is a London-based architectural writer, editor and consultant.

He is the author of several books [2][3] including Contemporary World Architecture (Phaidon), Airports: A Century of Architecture (Laurence King and Abrams), Equilibrium: the work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners (Phaidon), and Cullinan Studio in the 21st Century (Lund Humphries).

He edited the RIBA Journal from September 2006, retiring in December 2020.[4][5] He was architecture and design critic of The Sunday Times for 30 years, from 1986 to early 2016.[1] Other newspapers he has contributed to include the Guardian, The Observer, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Other magazines he has written for include Newsweek, Art Quarterly, Royal Academy Magazine, Crafts, Architectural Record, the Architectural Review, and World of Interiors, among many other publications.[citation needed] He has served on Arts Council England's architecture advisory group,[6] and was one of the instigators of The RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture in 1996. From 2000 to 2004 he chaired the "Art for Architecture" initiative at the Royal Society of Arts.[7] He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2001.[8] He was Visiting Professor in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, London, during 2015. He was an honorary vice-president of London's Architectural Association, 2014-2016.[9]

Pearman was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, studied at the Skinners School and St Chad's College, Durham University. His degree is in English Language and Literature.[10][11] In December 2020 he appeared on Christmas University Challenge as a member of the Durham alumni team[12]

Pearman was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to architecture.[13]


  1. ^ a b 'PEARMAN, Hugh Geoffrey', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 5 June 2017
  2. ^ "Results for 'Hugh Pearman' [WorldCat.org]". www.worldcat.org.
  3. ^ Hugh Pearman at archINFORM (includes references to publications)
  4. ^ RIBA Journal Editor Hugh Pearman to retire
  5. ^ "The Editors". RIBA. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  6. ^ Arts Council of England members 1995
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "RIBA list of its honorary fellows" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  9. ^ Association, Architectural. "Governance at the AA". Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Durham University gazette, XXIII (Ns) including supplement".
  11. ^ "Durham University gazette, XXIII (Ns) including supplement".
  12. ^ "BBC Two - University Challenge, Christmas 2020, Durham v Downing, Cambridge".
  13. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B20.

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