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Charles Jencks passes away aged 80

October 16 2019

 Charles Jencks passes away aged 80

Architectural historian Charles Jencks has passed away at the age of 80 at his home in London.

A renowned landscape designer, theorist and co-founder of the cancer charity Maggie’s Jencks is the author of several best-selling books including The Language of Post-Modern Architecture, The Universe in the Landscape and The Architecture of Hope.

Maggie’s chief executive Dame Laura Lee commented: “It’s very hard to come to terms with Charles not being here as he has been such a pivotal part in developing Maggie’s vision for a different type of cancer care and turning that vision into a reality.

“Over the last 23 years his passion, drive and imagination meant that leading architects from across the world came to build these extraordinary centres; places which have benefitted thousands of people with cancer both in the UK and abroad.”

Plans are underway to convert Jencks’ London home into an archive museum called ‘The Cosmic House’ which will be opened to the public by appointment.

Daniel Liebskind, who collaborated with Jencks on his philosophical opus at Crawick Multiverse, is to design the latest Maggie’s Centre design for the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.


Craig Comerford
#1 Posted by Craig Comerford on 16 Oct 2019 at 16:42 PM
I have mixed emotions about Charles Jencks. He introduced what became a "post modern" diktat for architecture that really buggered up progressive architecture for about 30 years. However, in his later years, he contributed massively through the commissioning of "Maggies Centres", which for me at least represent a colossal legacy.
Swan Ronson
#2 Posted by Swan Ronson on 17 Oct 2019 at 13:40 PM
Sad news, the Maggie Centre's are am amazing legacy. RIP Charles.

Craig - I'm sure everyone will be glad to hear of your pointless opinion at such a time.
#3 Posted by Roysters on 17 Oct 2019 at 14:09 PM
Met Charles Jencks on a tour of the Maggie's Centres (Edinburgh, Kirkaldy & Dundee) following the RIAS Convention 08. A very engaging and inspiring man.
Walt Disney
#4 Posted by Walt Disney on 17 Oct 2019 at 17:04 PM
Inspirational guy in so many ways. Showed that architecture could be fun and not always po faced.
Craig Comerford
#5 Posted by Craig Comerford on 17 Oct 2019 at 17:54 PM
Swan Ronson. Sorry if I offended you. Apparently his influence on architecture schools did not touch you. Please take into consideration my remarks concerning Maggies Centres.

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