Colin Stansfield Smith

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Professor Sir Colin Stansfield Smith, CBE (1 October 1932 – 18 June 2013) was a British architect and academic.[1] He played over 100 games of first-class cricket in the 1950s.

Portland Building


Colin Smith was born in Didsbury, Manchester. His father, Stansfield Smith, played Lancashire League cricket regularly for Accrington Cricket Club in the 1920s and once in Minor Counties cricket for Cheshire in 1949.[2] Colin Smith's older brother, Donald, played in three first-class cricket matches for Lancashire in 1951 and 1952.[3]

Colin Smith was educated at William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied at the School of Architecture from 1953 to 1958.[4]

In 1961 he married Angela Earnshaw who, after his bank confused him with another Colin Smith, suggested that he use Stansfield Smith as his surname, which he did. This is a compound surname.[5]


Colin Stansfield Smith worked in various architect's offices, including the LCC and the GLC in London. From 1971 to 1973, he was Deputy County Architect at Cheshire County Council, under the directorship of Jack Whittle.

He was appointed CBE in 1988, was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1991, and was knighted "for services to Architecture" in 1993.[6]

Stansfield Smith was head of Hampshire County Architects Department from 1973 to 1992. During that period, the work of his office became well known worldwide, especially for its new schools within the county.[7]

Stansfield Smith became a Professor of Architecture at the school of architecture at the University of Portsmouth in 1992, and later Emeritus Professor. He designed the University's Portland building (opened in 1997) where the Faculty of Architecture and other environmental faculties are now based.

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C467/85) with Colin Stansfield Smith in 2007-09 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.[8]


As a cricketer, Smith was known as "Colin Smith" and was a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler who played all his first-class cricket between 1951 and 1958. His county cricket was played for Lancashire, who capped him in 1957, but he also appeared for Cambridge University (for whom he gained his blue) among a number of other teams. He was selected for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord's in 1957.[9]

He scored one first-class century, hitting 103 not out for Cambridge against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in June 1957.[10] As a bowler he enjoyed some success, taking five or more wickets in an innings on nine occasions. His career-best return was 6-35 for Cambridge versus Free Foresters at Fenner's in June 1955.[11]


  • Hampshire Architecture, John Wiley and Sons, 1988 ( ISBN 978-0-85670-857-2).
  • A Caring Tradition (audio recording), Pidgeon Digital, 1992.


  1. ^ "Colin Stansfield Smith (1932-2013)". Architects' Journal. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Stansfield Smith". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Donald Smith". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Christ's College Magazine 2014". Christ's College, Cambridge.
  5. ^ "Sir Colin Stansfield Smith obituary". The Guardian. 22 July 2013.
  6. ^ "No. 53332". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1993. p. 2.
  7. ^ "RIBA Gold Medal 1991". RIBA. Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  8. ^ National Life Stories, 'Stansfield Smith, Colin (1 of 6) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives', The British Library Board, 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2018
  9. ^ "Gentlemen v Players in 1957". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Warwickshire v Cambridge University in 1957". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 November 2008.
  11. ^ "Cambridge University v Free Foresters in 1955". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 November 2008.

External links

  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • CV
  • Hampshire County Council
  • University of Portsmouth, School of Architecture
  • Colin Stansfield Smith at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Architects Journal
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