George L. Legendre

Professor in Practice of Architecture


George L. Legendre is Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Legendre is a founding partner of IJP Architects, a London-based architectural practice exploring the natural intersection between space, mathematics, and computation. Legendre graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1994 and served as lecturer and Assistant Professor of Architecture there from 1995 to 2000. Prior to founding his practice, he was visiting Professor at ETH Zurich (2000), Princeton University (2003-05), and Unit Master of Diploma Unit 5 the AA School of Architecture in London (2002-08). IJP Architects started off with a competition to cover a central London Street with 1000m2 of glass (with AKTII, unbuilt), and completed Henderson Waves, a 1000-foot-long bridge located in Singapore (with RSP). In 2009, it served as delivery architect for the Bat House, a high-tech, sustainable shelter completed in the London Wetlands Centre, and reached the final of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Award in 2011. The firm has just completed Equinox, a 7-meter-tall geometric steel sculpture in Birmingham (with artist John Pickering) and is in the process of building Dubai Creek Harbour Central Footbridge, a 230-meter long, two storey steel footbridge in Dubai Creek, UAE.

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The work of IJP Architects has been profiled in more than 50 publications worldwide, including theory reviews (ARQ Cambridge University, JAE), science journals (The New ScientistSpektrum der Wissenschaft), architecture and engineering trade publications (Ingenia Royal College of Engineering, Building Design, AD), international print media (The New York Times , The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQGastronomica) as well as US radio and television, (National Public Radio, CBS on Sunday).

IJP Architects has won 15 awards and shortlists since its inception and was included in The New Arcadians: Emerging UK Architects (Merrell 2013) as a future vanguard of the profession in the United Kingdom.

A regularly published essayist, George L. Legendre has written IJP: The Book of Surfaces, as well as Bodyline: the End of our Meta-Mechanical Body, and the main critical essay in Mathematical Form: John Pickering and the Architecture of the Inversion Principle (all AA Publications 2003-06). He has guest-edited a special issue of AD Magazine on the Mathematics of Space (John Wiley and Sons, London, 22 July 2011). His latest research opus, Pasta by Design, was published by Thames and Hudson, London, on Sept. 12 2011 and translated into German the following year. Penrose Room, Legendre’s collaborative research piece on Sir John Penrose’s P2 aperiodic tiling graced the cover of Log 43, which also included his 5 Form Haikus (Anyone Corporation, New York 2018).