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William Chambers Architect

Neoclassical Architecture, Scotland + England, UK

post updated 6 May 2021

William Chambers Architect – Major Designs

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, west end, central London, UK
Date built: 1768
Royal Academy Building London by William Chambers Architect
images © Adrian Welch
Royal Academy of Arts London
“The commission for the Sackler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts provided the practice with its first opportunity to work within a historical building. Although perceived by the visitor as a single entity, the Royal Academy actually consists of two buildings: the original Palladian house, converted by Lord Burlington in the eighteenth century, and a subsequent Victorian gallery behind, linked by a grand central staircase. The project brief required the replacement of the undistinguished nineteenth-century Diploma Galleries at the top of Burlington House and the improvement of access routes through the building.”

Somerset House, off The Strand, London, England, UK
Dates built: 1776-96
Somerset House
photograph © Nick Weall
Somerset House
“The refurbishment of the East Wing of Somerset House in London had a royal opening by HM The Queen and the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on 29 February 2012, fulfilling a 180 year long ambition of the College to acquire the building, and gives it a significant front door to the Strand Campus. This Grade I listed building has been called one of the great architectural treasures of the UK and Europe. It has spacious original interiors and a number of magnificent stone staircases that were in critical need of refurbishment. BDP’s conservation architects were appointed to carry out this work.”

Key Projects by William Chambers Architect

Buildings by William Chambers, alphabetical:

Duddingston House, southeast Edinburgh, Scotland
Dates built: 1763-68

Dundas Mansion : Royal Bank of Scotland branch, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built: 1774
Dundas Mansion
Built axially to George Street, set back off St Andrew Square, the Dundas Mansion forms the eastern end point to Edinburgh New Town’s central vista. Built to house Sir Laurence Dundas.

Marino House – Casino, Leinster, Ireland
Dates built: 1758-76

Pagoda at Kew Gardens, southwest London, England, UK
Dates built: 1761-62

More projects by architect William Chambers online soon

Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Historic Architect Practice Information

Background to the Architect

William was born in Sweden of British parentage but practised as an architect in England and Scotland.

Scottish Architects Practices

Chambers was the architecture tutor to King George III and in 1761 was appointed with Robert Adam as George’s Royal Architect of Works.

Sir William Chambers helped set up the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768

Architecture in Scotland

Contemporary Architecture in Scotland – architectural selection below:

Literature House for Scotland, John Knox House, Edinburgh
Winning Architects: Witherford Watson Mann ; Groves-Raines Architects Studios ; Studio MB
John Knox House Edinburgh building
photograph © Daniel Lomholt-Welch
Literature House for Scotland
Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust has selected Stirling Prize winning architectural firm Witherford Watson Mann to lead the next phase of development at the Literature House in Edinburgh. They will be working in partnership with Groves-Raines Architects Studios and Edinburgh-based Studio MB.

Abbotsford House Visitor Centre, Melrose, southern Scotland
Design: LDN Architects
Abbotsford Conservation & Visitors Building
photograph © Paul Zanre
Abbotsford House Visitor Centre

Scottish Buildings

English Architecture

Architecture Studios

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