AA Archives: Mike Gold Drawings Donated

Mike Gold has very kindly donated to the AA Archives some of his own student work produced between 1958-63. The collection includes drawings from his AA 1st Year, together with 3rd Year designs for a youth centre and 4th Year projects for mass housing, office buildings and an auditorium.

Mike’s remarkable work on the Netherfield estate for the Milton Keynes Development Corporation (with Chris Cross, Jeremy Dixon and Ed Jones), in the early 1970s, was the subject of the recent exhibition at the AA: Every House on Langland Road

Michael Gold (1939-) studied at the Northern Polytechnic School of Architecture from 1957-58, followed by the Architectural Association from 1958-64. He worked for several practices including F. Macmanus & Partners (1966-70), Lyons Israel Ellis, Colquhoun and Miller, Milton Keynes Development Corporation, Jeremy and Fenella Dixon with Edward Jones, and Alsop Finch and Lyall. He worked in the private practice Cross Dixon Gold Jones Sansom from 1974-77, and ran his own practice from 1977. He designed several buildings whilst still a student at the AA, including a Church at Aylesham, Kent, 1961, housing at Beersheba, Israel, 1963, and a hotel, Sierra Leone (with David Shalev), 1963. Later projects include housing at Clipstone Street, Westminster, 1966-71 (for F. Macmanus & Partners); settlement for 3000, Netherfield, Milton Keynes (with Chris Cross, Jeremy Dixon, Ed Jones and Milton Keynes team), 1971-77; rooftop housing, Covent Garden, (with Ed Jones), 1975; houses and flats at Carleton Road, Islington, 1968-71; Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes (with P. Barker), 1972; 1.15 reconstruction of Pravda newspaper project of 1923 for Art in Revolution exhibition, Hayward Gallery, 1971 (with others); flats at 23 Linden Gardens, Kensington, 1974; offices, Jamaica Street, Glasgow (with Robert Griffin, Edmund Klimek, Wendy Lyhne, Aige Vallestad), 1991; South West Essex Reform Synagogue, Newbury Park, developed from winning entry of 1988 RIBA competition, 1991; headquarters for the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Holland Park, 1978 (replaced 1991) with Robert Griffin and Aage Vallestad.

Gold has taught at several institutions including Cornell University, New York, The Mackintosh School, Glasgow, University College, Dublin, Technion Institute, Haifa, and the AA from 1972-85. He has published widely and had several exhibitions of his work including Art Net, London, 1977; the Venice Biennale 1980; Manspace, London and New York 1981; and the Wraxall Gallery, London 1981.