James Gowan is a Scottish architect and teacher. Gowan trained at the Glasgow School of Art between 1940 and 1942 and in Kingston School of Art between 1946 and 1948. On leaving Kingston he worked for Powell & Moya and later for Lyons, Israel & Ellis, where he met James Stirling who partnered in 1956. Collaboration with Stirling remained until 1964, creating some of the buildings of the most important and influential postwar Britain. The apartments at Ham Common, Richmond, London built between 1956 and 1957, kicked off a general trend in the use of brick and concrete elements seen in public housing construction. The last project they worked together was the School of Engineering (1959-1963) at the University of Leicester.
After 1964 Gowan worked on smaller projects that have received much less publicity than his previous work. Most of his work was related to housing construction, both private and public, for example, the building of homes Creek Road Greenwich, London (1967) or housing Trafalgar Road (1968), London. Since 1990 Gowan has focused on a number of hospitals in Italy, notably the Instituto Humanitas Clinic in Rozzano on the outskirts of Milan. He was professor of architecture, mainly at the Architectural Association and the Royal College of Art.
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