Jorge Glusberg's interview with James Stirling took place in Japan, where both served as jurors for the Nara Convention Center in 1992. Stirling died almost immediately thereafter, upon his return to the UK. He left behind a thriving practice, continued by his partner, Michael Wilford. Stirling grew up in Glasgow, Scotland and studied architecture at the University of Liverpool. He began his own practice with James Gowan in London in 1956, resulting in some of the most significant and innovative projects at the time—the garden apartments at Ham Common (1955-58), the seminal Engineering Building at Leicester University (1959-63), and the Cambridge University History Building (1964-67).
In 1971, Stirling began to work in association with Michael Wilford. From this point on, the scale and number of his projects broadened to include museums, galleries, libraries and theaters. Since 1980, he has completed a major social sciences center in Berlin; a
James Stirling (left) with Jorge Glusberg Performing Arts Center for Cornell University; and such major museum projects as the Clore Gallery expansion for the Tate Gallery in London; the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, an addition to Harvard's Fogg Museum; and the competition winning design for the Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany.