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Who the Hellman is he?

Louis Hellman
B.Arch; Hon Doc Uni; MBE

Louis Hellman has for the past four decades drawn cartoons commenting on the world of architecture and planning for The Architects' Journal and Building Design as well as caricaturing famous architects in the style of their buildings for the Architectural Review, subsequently collected in a book, Archi-tetes. The Id in the Grid (Academy 2000).

Other books include All Hellman Breaks Loose (1980), Architecture for Beginners (1986), Do It With An Architect (1999) and Architecture A to Z. A Rough Guide (2001).

Hellman studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. He worked as an architect for YRM, the GLC and the Spastics Society (now SCOPE) before branching out on his own to design home adaptations for disabled people as well as healthcare buildings.

Hellman has had exhibitions at the Architectural Association (1979), Interbuild (1991 and 1993), Cambridge (1996), Sir John Soane’s Museum (2000), Barcelona (2001) and Shrewsbury (2006). He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition every year since 1998.

He has contributed cartoons to numerous publications including Design Week, Private Eye, Punch, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent, New Society, The Statesman and The Evening Standard and written many articles, reviews and critical appraisals in the professional press.

He has lectured extensively in the UK, Australia and the United States.

Louis Hellman received an MBE in 1993 for services to architecture and an Honorary Degree from Oxford Brookes University in 2002.


...as for the parody of architectural styles, Hellman's eye is unerring. Brilliant use of photomontage adds to his power. All this, combined with his ability to expose the pretensions of architects, makes him devastating. He is a great cartoonist in the English Tradition whose field happens to be architecture. Above all, he is very funny.
Gavin Stamp

The Hellman cartoons are by far the best architectural lampooning known to me.
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner

Hellman is not only up-to-date with all the jargon but well grounded in history, and I feel that he would take no more for granted in the seventeenth century than the twentieth.
Asa Briggs

[Hellman]... manages to combine beautifully the changing architectural styles and the historic events that surround them... So simple but so telling. I applaud his humour and his appreciation of the little man's part in the scheme of things. But this is no laughing matter, and I believe that nobody realises it more than him.
Ralph Steadman


Art, cartoons and illustrations

Books for Sale

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Do It With an Architect

Architecture for Beginners

Archi-têtes: The Id in the Grid

Architecture A-Z A Rough Guide

A is for Architect

Seven Ages of the Architect

All Hellman Breaks Loose

doctor louis hellman
louis hellman at the soane
a is for architect
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