Rutter Carroll, architectural historian
Two pioneering young entrepreneurial architects who worked with Le Corbusier and Ove Arup first met in the office of Berthold Lubetkin. In 1953, they formed Ryder and Yates in Newcastle upon Tyne.
That Le Corbusier, Lubetkin and, to no less extent Newcastle born Arup, had a powerful influence on the subsequent design philosophy of Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates can still be seen in any evaluation of Ryder’s work today. The basis for integration of architects and engineers in a single practice stemmed from the experience both Gordon and Peter enjoyed while working with these great designers.
The development of the practice was relatively gradual, and its success depended not only on the notion of integration but equally on the personalities involved and the capabilities they were able to bring to the design of an increasing range of building types.