Tony Fretton Architects was founded in 1982 and is now headed by partners Tony Fretton and James McKinney.
The buildings completed by the practice in London for the Lisson Gallery in 1986 and 1992 continue to be internationally recognised as exemplary spaces for art, for the architectural experiences they offer and for their social engagement with the surrounding city. The three aspects: exemplary functioning, rewarding experience and productive engagement with the locale are the underlying motifs in all the subsequent work.
Tony Fretton is an active writer, lecturer, and professor : Chair of Architectural Design & Interiors at Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands and was Visiting Professor at EPFL Lausanne in 1996, the Berlage Institute Amsterdam 1997 and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard USA from 2004-2005.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.