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Living Tradition: The Architecture and Urbanism of Hugh Petter

Publication date 5th October 2023

Foreword by HRH The former Prince of Wales; written by Clive Aslet; photography by Dylan Thomas.

INTBAU is delighted to congratulate Hugh Petter, active member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners on the publication of his new book.

Publication date 5th October 2023

Foreword by HRH The former Prince of Wales
Written by Clive Aslet
Photography by Dylan Thomas

Published by Triglyph Books

Format: Hardcover
Categories: Architecture
ISBN: 978-1-9163554-5-3
Illustrated with over 200 photographs and site plans
Photo credit: ADAM Architecture

LIVING TRADITION: THE ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM OF HUGH PETTER celebrates the exceptional professional achievement of one of the world’s leading traditional architects. It showcases recent highlights from Hugh’s award-winning portfolio, including handsome new country houses; major alterations and refurbishment of historic buildings; a significant new building for Trinity College in Oxford; and commercial development at all scales with landed estates across the UK and beyond.

His pioneering work as masterplanner and architect for the Duchy of Cornwall is regularly cited by the UK Government and others as an exemplar of an integrated, mixed-use, walkable community that reflects local identity, responds to local needs and encourages a more sustainable lifestyle. Common to all the buildings in this book – whether a new or historic private house, a public building, or urban design – is a loving attention to detail and materials, and an architect who cares deeply for his craft.

HUGH PETTER is one of the most vigorous architects and urban designers of his generation. His work is defined by a broad interest in tradition as an evolving phenomenon – hence the title of this book. Graduating with distinction in 1990, he was twice Rome Scholar in Architecture before returning to ADAM Architecture where he has been a director since 1997. Hugh’s unusually broad career embraces not only design, but writing, teaching, and public speaking on diverse aspects of the built environment.

His roles have included senior tutor at The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture; trustee and chairman of The Art Workers’ Guild; member of the Faculty of the Fine Arts at the British School at Rome; trustee and vice-chairman of the Georgian Group; trustee of The Prince’s Foundation; member of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Planning; external examiner for the University College of Estate Management; and governor of the Building Crafts College.

His diverse portfolio of projects embraces new and historic private houses of all scales; public and institutional buildings; and urban design. Woven through all this work, and his wider charitable contribution, is his determination to lead by example in understanding the past to unlock innovative and more sustainable ways of planning for the future; encouraging the next generation of master craftsmen and traditional designers; improving our appreciation of historic buildings; and pioneering innovative and collaborative ways of creating popular and enduring new places. He has won numerous awards and his work is regularly cited in books, articles and Government publications. Hugh and his wife Chloë have two grown up children, Harry and Charlotte.

CLIVE ASLET is an award-winning writer and visiting professor of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. He has published more than thirty books on architecture and British culture, including The Edwardian Country House, The Story of the Country House, Old Homes, New Life and Landmarks of Britain. For many years Clive was editor of the magazine Country Life and is now chairman of the Lutyens Trust. Married with three children, Clive lives in London and Ramsgate.

DYLAN THOMAS is one of Britain’s foremost photographers of architecture and interiors. He has forged an outstanding reputation with notable clients for highly detailed and technically complex work. Dylan is an expert interpreter of light and shadow, with an acute awareness of the environment around him and a meticulous approach to composition. Dylan lives in Sussex with his wife and three young children.

Learn more: Coming soon – Living Tradition: The Architecture & Urbanism of Hugh Petter – ADAM Architecture


INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners (ICTP)

The INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners (ICTP) is a peak international professional body for practitioners in traditional urban design, architecture, and the building arts who have produced a sustained output of traditional work of the highest quality over at least five years of practice. Full details on: Members | INTBAU.