Saturday, April 4, 2020


by Alireza Sagharchi
Edited by Clive Aslet
Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales 
Rizzoli, $85.00
arch 2020
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

I could fill this entire page with my thoughts on the work of Alireza Sagharchi and the work of his London based firm, Stanhope Gate.  His work is that meticulous and stunning. This is certainly a book that should be at the hands of students of design and architecture and those with careers in those arts.

Sagharchi's book, Classicism at Home: Architecture by Alireza Sagharchi, is beautiful and substantial. Filled with 304 pages of guidance and color photographs of some of the most breathtaking structures I have seen.

Sagharchi's work can be seen is many countries, putting his visions and talent to work in classicism and vernacular traditions. I spent days poring over each page, which included his work in Kensington Palace Gardens in Jura, Scotland, Surrey, United Kingdom, Danube Delta, Romania, Mayfair, in London, Courchevel 1850, in France, Marne-la-Vallee, in France, Spain, Transylvania, in Romania, Astana, Kazakhstan, Messila, in Kuwait, and Istria, Croatia.

Below are a few of the spectacular images of the architect's work, and and overview of his work.

About Alireza Sagharchi

Alireza Sagharchi, principal of Stanhope Gate Architecture, studied at the Polytechnic of Central London. His work is in contemporary classical architecture and traditional urban design. He was chairman of the Traditional Architecture Group at the Royal Institute of British Architects, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Charted Architects.  He is a trustee of the International Network for Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism and a member of the Prince's Foundation. He has taught at the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture and has been a visiting lecturer at the schools of architecture in the United Kingdom and in the United States. He is the co-author of the recently published books, New Palladians and Traditional Architecture.

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