LIONEL MARCH

MATHEMATICIAN - ARCHITECT - DESIGNER - ARTIST - AUTHOR

One of the world's first digital artists, Lionel March will complete fifty years of constructionist production in 2012 following his only public exhibition since 1962. He attended Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read mathematics and where he gained a first class degree in mathematics and architecture while also taking an active part in Cambridge theatre life. He was designer for Sophocles’ Philoctetes and Synge’s Deirdre of the Sorrows at the ADC, and a staged production of Honegger’s Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher in the Guildhall. He went on to design for the New Opera Company at Sadler’s Wells, including the London premier of The Rake’s Progress.

In 1962 he held a one-man exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, entitled ‘Experiments in Serial Art.’ Also in 1962, as part of the statuary five-year review, he illustrated, designed and mounted ‘The Shape of Cambridge – a Plan’, a public exposition of the University’s proposals for the planning of Cambridge. Subsequently, March became the first Director of the Centre for Land Use and Built Form Studies, now the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, Cambridge University.

Among the books he has edited, authored or co-authored are: The Geometry of Environment; with Leslie Martin Urban Space and Structures; as editor The Architecture of Form; with Judith Sheine R. M. Schindler: Composition and Construction; as author The Architectonics of Humanism: Essays on Number in Architecture.

 

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