ARCHITECT OF THE WEEK: Georgie Wolton designed first house with CorTen steel as primary structural material in UK

Cliff Road Studios, London

Georgie Wolton was one of the founding members of the practice Team 4, which included Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Wolton’s sister, Wendy Cheesman (who subsequently married Foster). Initially, Wolton was the only qualified architect in the group. She had trained at the Architectural Assocation and had been a regular traveller to America, where she had seen the Eames House, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Based on her experiences, Wolton designed a house in Surrey that was the first in the UK to use CorTen steel as its primary structural material, and a studio building for artists in Camden. She later turned her hand to landscape design. For more information about Georgie Wolton and other architects, visit our Directory of Architects and Designers