To see the world in a Grain of Sand, the poetic insight of William Blake, is to find relationships between the big and small, science and spirituality, the universe and the landscape. This cosmic setting provides the narrative for my content-driven work, the writing and design. I explore metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, parallels that root us personally in the cosmos as firmly as a plant, even while our mind escapes this home.
Charles Jencks designs landscapes and sculpture and writes on cosmogenic art. He is known for his books questioning Modern architecture and defining its successors - Late, New and Post-Modern architecture, and is the co-founder of Maggie Cancer Caring Centres. He is married to Louisa Lane Fox who published an Anthology of Letters and Diaries from Parents to Children: in 2009.
Harvard University, BA English Lit., 1961. GSD BA and MA Architecture, 1965. London University, PhD, Architectural History, 1970.
1968-88 Architectural Association, London; 1974-1992 UCLA, Los Angeles visiting professor; Memberships: AA, London; Royal Society of Arts, London;
Distinctions: Fulbright scholarship (London University), 1965-67; Melbourne Oration, Australia, 1974; Bosom Lectures, Royal Society of Arts, London, 1980; Opening Lecture in RIBA series Modern Architecture vs the Rest, 1983; Selection Committee, Venice Biennale, 1980; Juror for Phoenix City Hall 1985 and Paternoster Square, London 1987; Curator of Exhibition, The Architecture of Democracy, Wight Art Centre, Los Angeles and Berlin 1987. Tamblyn Lectures, University of Western Ontario, 1992; Cochran Lecture, Baltimore Foundation for Architecture, 1992; Aga Khan Awards for Architecture, Master Jury 1992-5, Steering Committee, 1995-8; Olympic Keynote Address, Laussanne, 1996; Soane Museum Annual Lecture, 1999; Chairman, Jerusalem Seminar, June 2000; AICA Inaugural Lecture, National Gallery, September 2000; RIBA Annual Discourse, October 2000; Juror for CCTV HQ, Beijing 2002; Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh 2002; Juror, V&A Museum, Garden Competition, 2003/2004; Juror, The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, June 2005.
Has lectured at over forty universities throughout the world including Peking, Shanghai, Paris (École des Beaux-Arts), Tokyo, Milan, Venice, Frankfurt, Quebec, Montreal, Oslo, Warsaw, Barcelona, Lisbon, Zurich, Vienna and Edinburgh; and in US at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Yale and various public museums.