Denise Scott Brown (1931-) is an American architect, planner, writer, educator, and principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. Scott Brown and her husband and late partner, Robert Venturi, are regarded as among the most influential architects of the twentieth century, both through their architecture and planning, and theoretical writing and teaching. Denise Scott Brown was awarded the second Soane Medal in 2018. The Medal was established in 2017 to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to architectural culture and discourse, building on the legacy of Sir John Soane.
Philippa Stockley is an award-winning journalist renowned for her writing on London architecture and interiors, and a critically acclaimed novelist whose latest novel, Black Lily (Pimpernel, 2018), is set in seventeenth-century London. Stockley holds MAs in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art and in English from Oxford University.
Imogen Taylor was born in 1926. In 1949 she joined Colefax & Fowler, where she was for many years John Fowler’s trusted assistant. She went on to become one of the most prominent interior decorators of the latter part of the twentieth century, working in Britain and the Middle East and extensively in the United States. She retired in 1999, after fifty years at Colefax & Fowler, and now divides her time between her homes in Kent and in Burgundy.
John H Taylor is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum. His expertise focuses on funerary objects of the pharaonic period (particularly coffins), mummies and mummification. He has curated a number of exhibitions at the British Museum, including ‘Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead’ and ‘Ancient Lives, New Discoveries.’
Gary Tinterow has been Director of The Museum Of Fine Art, Houston since January 2012. He was curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for twenty years, before becoming curator in charge of the newly formed department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern and Contemporary Art in 2004 and chairman of that department in 2008.
Cleve West is one of Britain’s top garden designers. No less than nine of the gardens he has designed for the Chelsea Flower Show have won RHS Gold Medals and two years running his gardens have been awarded Best in Show. He is also a passionate vegan and animal rights activist. His first book, Our Plot (Frances Lincoln, 2011), was described as ‘A joy to read, harmonious and humble, full of common sense and belief in community and sustainable living.’
Kim Wilkie had an intense introduction to landscape. He grew up in the Malaysian jungle and the Iraqi desert before being sent to school in southern England. Having studied history at Oxford and environmental design at the University of California, Berkeley, he set up his landscape studio in London in 1989. He is fascinated by the link between land and culture and between memory and imagination. He continues to teach sporadically at Berkeley, writes optimistically about land and place and is involved in various national committees on landscape and environmental policy in the UK.