Pidgeon steps down at 93

Monica Pidgeon, former editor of Architectural Design and the RIBA Journal, is to retire at the age of 93. She will hand control of her digital collection of architecture and designer talks to Wordsearch founder Peter Murray.

Pidgeon Audio Visual recording archive was started by Pidgeon in 1979 and is now an on-line resource at, following her digitisation of the material. The archive will continue, with Murray in charge of new additions.

The collection includes talks by major figures who have died since being recorded, including Buckminster Fuller, Harry Seidler, Maxwell Fry, Philip Johnson, Denys Lasdun, Cedric Price and James Stirling. Living figures in the archive include Frank Gehry, Kisho Kurakawa, Richard Rogers, Frei Otto, Norman Foster and Will Alsop.

Future plans for Pidegon Audio Visual will be announced on 27 April.

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