WilkinsonEyre Founder, Chris Wilkinson, has sadly passed away, aged 76.

The artist and architect, well known for a multitude of industry shaping projects, founded Chris Wilkinson Architects in 1983. In 1999, Wilkinson and his former colleague, Jim Eyre, founded WilkinsonEyre and won the RIBA Stirling Prizes two years in a row for their work in completing the Magna Science Centre and Gateshead Millennium Bridge in 2001 and 2002 respectively.

“It is with deep sadness that WilkinsonEyre announce the death of Chris Wilkinson on 14 December 2021. Our thoughts are with his family who have requested privacy at this time,” a statement reads from WilkinsonEyre.

 Wilkinson’s family have released the following statement.

“Alongside his many achievements as an architect and artist, Chris was a brilliant husband and father. We will remember his generosity of spirit – he was always available to help others and committed and loving to his family and friends. He had a great sense of optimism, living in the moment, and making use of every second. He will be dearly missed.”