David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.
David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice currently has over 200 staff at its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. The practice has won numerous national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA and AIA awards, the Stirling Prize 2007 and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011.
In 1999 David Chipperfield was awarded the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal. In 2004 David Chipperfield was made an Honorary Member of the Florence Academy of Art and Design, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to architecture. He was appointed Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and in 2007 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten. He was elected a Royal Academician in 2008 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University.
In 2009 David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – the highest tribute that can be paid to individuals for service to the nation – and in the UK New Year Honours 2010 was named Knight Bachelor for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. The same year he was awarded the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts and the Grand DAI Award (Verband Deutscher Architekten- und Ingenieurvereine) for Building Culture.
David Chipperfield received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 2011. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen.
David Chipperfield has taught and lectured worldwide.