Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective by Samantha Hardingham is a two-volume anthology, co-published by the Architectural Association (AA) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), and is supported by the Graham Foundation and the Cedric Price Estate. The books bring together for the first time all of the projects, articles and talks of British architect Cedric Price, aiming to present his munificence as thinker, philosopher and designer. A student at the AA in the 1950s, Price established his office in London in 1960 and went on to produce some of architecture’s most intensely imaginative and experimental projects of the latter half of the 20th century. His work is central in defining architectural discourse around the emerging postwar themes of mobility and indeterminacy in design.
Samantha Hardingham: about the author
Samantha Hardingham is an architectural writer, editor and curator and has been a design studio tutor across all years at the Architectural Association since 2008. She graduated from the AA in 1993 and her publishing work began then, with several editions of the original ellipsis architecture guide series. She was senior research fellow in the Research Centre for Experimental Practice at the University of Westminster from 2003–09 where she collaborated with Archigram’s David Greene on his L.A.W.u.N #19 & 20 book and exhibition (AA, 2008). Samantha was Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal in 2009, and has since lectured internationally and curated a number of exhibitions on Cedric Price’s work including at the Venice Biennale (2011) and Bureau Europa, Maastricht (2014).
Cedric Price Estate
The Cedric Price Estate is comprised of family members who act to safeguard the good name and copyright on any of Price’s work that lies outside those institutions that hold the majority of his archive, specifically the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, St. John’s College, Cambridge and a few private collections. Cedric Price Works 1952—2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective was commissioned by the Estate and has been researched and produced with their full support and co-operation.
Architectural Association Publications
The Architectural Association publishes titles that explore developments in architecture, engineering, landscape and urbanism, as well as the fields that touch on them – philosophy, history, art and photography. Founded as a means of examining influential contemporary projects and opening up ideas to debate, AA Publications has a long tradition of publishing architects, artists and theorists early in their careers. Approximately ten to fifteen titles are published each year.
Canadian Centre for Architecture
The Canadian Centre for Architecture was founded in 1979 as a new form of cultural institution to build public awareness of the role of architecture in society, to promote scholarly research in the field, and to stimulate innovation in design practice. The CCA holds one of the world’s foremost international research collections of publications, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, architectural archives, related artefacts and ephemera. Through its research, exhibitions, publications and public programmes, the CCA aims to broaden the understanding of architecture’s role in contemporary society.
Images courtesy of
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
Cedric Price Estate
St John’s College, Cambridge
Alistair and Athena McAlpine
Individual private collections
Format: Hardback & paperback in custom-made slipcase
Size: 310 x 240 mm
Pages: Volume 1, 912 pp; Volume 2, 512 pp
1,255 colour and b&w illustrations