Florian Beigel (10 October 1941 – 25 August 2018) was an architect and educator whose Architecture Research Unit revolutionised the way the discipline was taught.
In 1985, he designed the New Half Moon Theatre on Mile End Road.
According to Daniel Rosbottom’s obituary in The Guardian, the “theatre’s spatial sequence and raw, material character of concrete blockwork and corrugated steel reimagined the act of performance as being contiguous with the everyday experience of the street. Florian called this ethos ‘architecture as city’, and it became an evolving concern that permeated his subsequent work at every scale.”
In 2014 he received the Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education from the Royal Institute of British Architects.