Tim Rawle

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Tim Rawle
Rawle at the Round Church, Cambridge, 2005
Ashford, Kent, England
Alma mater St Martin's School of Art and Central School of Art and Design, London
Downing College, Cambridge
Architectural Association, London
Occupation(s) Architectural photographer and writer
Website www.timrawle.com

Tim Rawle is an English architectural photographer and writer. He is best known for his photographs of buildings in Cambridge, England.



Tim Rawle was born in Ashford, Kent. After studying fine art and graphic design at St Martin's School of Art and at the Central School of Art and Design, London, he read architecture at Downing College, Cambridge, continuing his education at the Architectural Association, where he was Caldicott Scholar. [1]

He first came to attention with the publication of his book Cambridge Architecture in 1985. Besides providing the text and the photographs for this venture he also designed the book. The Daily Telegraph described it as "an astonishingly comprehensive book . . . a unique and valuable record". [2] A revised edition was brought out by André Deutsch in 1993. [3]

In 1987 he provided the photography and design for Cinzia Maria Sicca's Committed to Classicism: The Building of Downing College, Cambridge. [4] The following year he was commissioned to design a new pictorial book on the National Portrait Gallery's collection as well as a small guide to the NPG's outstation at Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales. [5]

In 1991, he set up a small business called "The Cambridge Portfolio" to publish calendars, diaries, greetings cards and postcards featuring his photographs of Cambridge buildings and Cambridge town and gown. He did the photography and design for the official guide to King's College Chapel. [6] For a period spanning several years he produced prospectuses for many Cambridge colleges and independent schools in south-east England.[ citation needed ]

In 2005 he published the book Cambridge (Frances Lincoln). [7] In his review in CAM, the university magazine, Peter Richards [8] wrote: "At the heart of the book lies a fascinating exploration of seven hundred years of University architecture . . . This is, quite simply, the best introduction to Cambridge ever published." [9]

The Howard Foundation commissioned Rawle to be the author and photographer of a new book on Downing College published in 2015 and described by the Georgian as a "well-researched architectural history" with "exceptional photographs". [10]

Rawle was appointed a Fellow Commoner of Downing College, Cambridge in 1987. [11]


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  1. See Rawle, Tim (1985). Cambridge Architecture (1st ed.). London: Trefoil Books. ISBN   0862940591. Paperback ISBN   0862940508.
  2. Gray, Ronald. "Cambridge on parade", The Daily Telegraph , no. 40,369, London, Thursday, 4 April 1985.
  3. Rawle, Tim (1993). Cambridge Architecture (2nd ed.). London: André Deutsch. ISBN   0233988181.
  4. Sicca, Cinzia Maria (1987). Committed to Classicism: The Building of Downing College, Cambridge (1st ed.). Cambridge: Downing College, Cambridge. ISBN   0951162012. Paperback ISBN   0951162004.
  5. Foister, Susan; Gibson, Robin; Rogers, Malcolm; Simon, Jacob (1988). The National Portrait Gallery Collection (1st ed.). London: National Portrait Gallery Publications. ISBN   0904017893. Paperback ISBN   0904017907; US cloth edition (Cambridge University Press) ISBN   0521373921; Foister, Susan (1988). The National Portrait Gallery at Bodelwyddan Castle. London: National Portrait Gallery Publications. ISBN   0904017923.
  6. Warrior, Josephine: A Guide to King's College Chapel, Cambridge with photography and design by Tim Rawle, Cambridge, 1994 (English edition), reprinted 1997, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2014.
  7. Rawle, Tim (2005). Cambridge (1st ed.). London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN   0711225494.
  8. Dr Peter Richards' Guardian obituary.
  9. Richards, Peter (2006). "City of colour, city of contrasts". CAM: Cambridge Alumni Magazine (47): 25.
  10. Howard Foundation. "News page" . Retrieved 9 February 2015. Book entitled A Classical Adventure: The Architectural History of Downing College Cambridge (Oxbridge Portfolio. "Books" . Retrieved 27 February 2015.). Review in the Georgian, spring 2016.
  11. Downing College website.