The firm originated in 1962 when the Newcastle upon Tyne practices of Harry Faulkner-Brown and W H Williamson amalgamated to form Williamson Faulkner-Brown with a total establishment of eleven people. The aim was to grow to a size and to gain expertise which would enable the firm to be commissioned for work of regional and national significance.
The 1960s were halcyon years and progress was made on many fronts. Jesmond Library brought modern architecture to Newcastle City and won the RIBA Bronze Medal and a Civic Trust Award, and, in 2003, it was designated a Listed Building. The success of Nottingham University Library which won RIBA, Civic Trust and SCONUL ( Society of College, National and University Libraries) awards led to the appointment of the practice to design a further eleven university libraries.
Innovative sports projects flourished. The design of Lightfoot Sports Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne incorporated the largest dome in Europe at the time - a 60m diameter elegant form, modelled upon Pier Luigi Nervi's Sports Palazzetto in Rome and was the first building in the world, of this scale, to be roofed with prefabricated reinforced fibreglass panels.
These early projects pushed design and technical frontiers and established FaulknerBrowns Architects as a national practice. A practice culture of innovation and research was created which informed the design of our own studio, Dobson House, one of the first bureaulandschaft offices in the UK and the development of a pioneering timber semi-sprung sports hall floor for the University of Kent.