Sam Scorer: A Life in 14 Buildings

Oct 28
28th October 2023 - 21st January 2024

Sam Scorer (1923 – 2003) is widely recognised as the most significant architect of post-war Lincolnshire. During the fifty years of his career, Scorer employed an intriguing variety of building styles. However, his main contribution to our national architectural heritage remains his three open-plan structures with concrete hyperbolic paraboloid roofs. These  structures epitomise the post-war excitement for engineering and a bold new vision of the future. 

He was Lincolnshire's true renaissance man: an architect, a painter, a gallery owner, an advocate for the conservation of built environment, and a significant citizen of Lincoln – his portrait as the sheriff of the city still hangs in the council chambers. Today, a number of Scorer's buildings are acknowledged as being of national importance. Several of them are listed by Historic England: the Lincolnshire Motor Company Showrooms (1960) (now housing restaurants along Lincoln's Brayford Pool), and the iconic canopy of a former petrol station at Markham Moor along the A1 (1961) (now a coffee shop), are both Grade II listed; and St. John the Baptist church (1963), Sudbrooke Drive, Lincoln, is Grade II* listed.

This exhibition celebrates a local architect of national significance. Through loans from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architectural Association and personal collections, the exhibition considers the main themes that are expressed through Scorer’s work and that remain relevant to the designers of the contemporary built environment. These include envisioning the future through architectural design, architecture's relationship with the wider context (social, financial, and environmental), and legacy-building. Sam Scorer: A Life in 14 Buildings also serves as a bridge between the past and the present. Through the use of 3D and immersive models,  you are invited to deepen your understanding of architectural processes - from concept to completion - and encouraged to reconsider your relationship with your built environment through various activities; both within, and beyond, the Usher Gallery’s walls.

This exhibition has been curated by Dr Karolina Szynalska McAleavey, chartered architect and Senior Lecturer at the Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment and produced in collaboration with Lincoln Museum and Usher Gallery.
Sam Scorer: A Life in 14 Buildings has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Further support has been generously provided by University of Lincoln, RIBA, and the Friends of Lincoln Museum and Usher Gallery.

Curator's Tour

Saturday 2nd December, 2-3pm. Usher Gallery

Join exhibition curator, Dr Karolina Szynalska McAleavey, for a tour of the exhibition.

Places free but limited, so please book in advance

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Sam Scorer: A Life In 14 Buildings

opening times

Saturday 28th October 2023 - Sunday 21st January 2024
Open Thursday to Monday, 10:00 - 16:00

entry & prices

Entry is Free.

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