Rob Guy Wilson
Curator and critic of architecture in London, Editor of the magazine ‘Block’. Curator of Switzerland’s collateral programme 2012 called ‘Salon Suisse’
Block, which Rob co-founded, is a magazine for new and critical writing – review, reflection, story, poem or polemic - on architecture, built space and the city, and its exploration through photograph, drawing and graphic image: aiming to present architecture's reflection across the wider field of contemporary culture. Rob also curates a series of related talks and seminars Block&Spiel: forums in which the issues and themes looked at in the magazine are further explored. Recent events were held at the University of Sunderland and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Recent exhibition projects he curated include: Façade: Through a Glass Darkly – looking at the glass façade in architecture - at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland (2011), and Going Dutch on the work of Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen at the Garden Museum, London (2010).
Previously Rob was the Curator of Exhibitions at the RIBA, where his programme focused on contemporary international architecture, whilst drawing on historic material from the RIBA Drawings and Photography Collections. The exhibitions he curated included: Open:Poland – Architecture, Identity and the Avant-garde (2009); Place No Place: Anish Kapoor and Architecture (2008); On the Threshold: the Changing Face of Housing at the V&A (2006-7); Swiss Made + (2004-5) and Fantasy Architecture 1500-2036 with the Hayward Gallery (2004). He also developed and managed a schools education programme Architects in Residence.
Rob holds a Diploma and MA in Architecture from Cambridge University, an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London. He is an RIBA Chartered Member. He writes regularly on architecture and art for publications that have included Blueprint, Tate magazine, Kunstforum and Architectural Design, and he was the London editorial consultant for Archis.