Florian Beigel obituary

Architect and educator whose Architecture Research Unit revolutionised the way the discipline was taught

Florian Beigel, who has died aged 76, was a hugely influential architect and teacher. For more than 40 years, Architecture Research Unit, his studio at the Polytechnic of North London (now London Metropolitan University), educated successive generations of architects both directly and vicariously, through his compelling lectures, writings and drawings, its numerous, beautiful publications, and a small but important body of built work. A significant influence on many well-known practitioners, in the UK and internationally, ARU was also instrumental in transforming its host institution from a rather minor London architecture school into an internationally respected one.

Born in Konstanz, southern Germany, to Margreth (nee Grossman) and Heinz Beigel, Florian grew up and went to school in Biberach, Baden-Württemberg. He graduated from Stuttgart University’s school of architecture in 1968 and worked with Günther Behnisch and Frei Otto on the innovative tensile structures for the 1972 Munich Olympics, before leaving for London.

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