Russell Brown

Senior Partner & Architect, Hawkins/Brown


Russell Brown was elected to the Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1996 and worked for two years under the Presidency of David Rock and Marco Goldsmith. He acted as Vice President for Procurement, founded the Future Studies Group with John Lyall and was part of the ‘Brownfields First’ campaign with Richard Feilden. He also contributed to the External Affairs Committee and to the RIBA/ Chief Executive Review of the Institute. In 1998 he helped establish a joint venture between CABE and RIBA – Building Futures – which carried out research into housing trends, new medical buildings, future of education, new library design and social housing policy – working alongside John Worthington and Dicken Robinson. This group completed its work in 2002 and the findings have been widely published by CABE. He was elected again as a national representative to the RIBA Council in 2007 and completed his term of office in June 2010.

Russell Brown is a Civic Trust Assessor, RIBA Awards Assessor and was a Judge of Young Architect of the Year. He was the RIBA External Examiner to Greenwich University School of Architecture (post graduate diploma course) for 4 years. He is Chairman of the Design Panel that supports the planning process in Hackney.

Before working in architecture, Russell Brown was a music journalist and wrote for Sounds Magazine. He still writes for various arts and architecture magazines including articles for the Architect’s Journal, Architecture Today and Building Design. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 4 with Dejan Sudjic and GLR Radio as part of Architecture Week and the Clerkenwell Biennale. He was a guest on BBC London Live’s Robert Elms show as their ‘Listed Londoner’. He recently appeared on BBC1 talking about the influence of Picasso on contemporary architecture as part of the Great Masters Series.

Russell Brown is well known as an architectural contractor and lectures regularly at Schools of Architecture. He contributed to the book “Salt Bridges: Changing Perceptions of Art, Architecture and Science”, and “Ideas Exchange: The Collaborative Studio of HawkinsBrown”.

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