David Alan Chipperfield was born in London in the 1953. Better known simply as David Chipperfield, he graduated from the London Architectural Association in 1978 architecture after also attending the Kingston School of Art.
Once having obtained the relevant title, David began his apprenticeship at the studios of Douglas Stephen, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, among which he split over a period of seven years. In the 1985, then, he inaugurated the David Chipperfiel Architects which, nowadays, has several international locations in Berlin, Milan, London and Shanghai. In addition, the temporary offices located in the cities in which projects are underway for interventions of particular relevance are also added to the latter.
Still in the 1985, David Chipperfield also re-entered among the founders of 9H Galleru together with Yehuda Saffran, Wilf Wang and Richard Burdenn: the aim was to promote exhibitions dedicated to architects and artists related to the thesis supported by the 9H group.
Chipperfield, at the beginning of his career, dealt with projects that were not very popular among the public, but which became immediately obvious to the honor of the English architectural chronicle: the showroom for the Equipment Shop on rue Etienne Marcel and for Issey Miyake on Sloane Street came presented to an illustrious exhibition at the Cramer Street Gallery already in the year 1987.
These were the first steps towards the apology of the small, later fully developed with the manifesto Theoretical Practice and claimed through a maxim of the philosopher Nietzsche. Therefore, the small-scale project later materialized in works such as, for example, the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, where the focus was mainly on the relationship between the urban or natural landscape and the physicality of the material having thickness, texture and weight.
After a long list of projects that have followed one another over the years, we can refer to works such as the west wing of the MoMA in New York as well as the Nobel Center in Stockholm, focusing on the present: these works are the emblem of Chipperfield's second thought which architecture must be able to speak for itself, each work being its own manifesto.