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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a Director at Allies and Morrison Architects, specialising in theatres and cultural projects and a trustee of the Theatres Trust.

Current projects include a new 1,200-seat theatre in Kent; a performance venue for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Attenborough Theatre and new studios for the Roundhouse. While at Haworth Tompkins Architects, Paddy led NT Future, the major regeneration of the National Theatre that transformed the entrance and main foyers, created a new production building, the Max Rayne Centre, remodelled the workshops and carried out a complete overhaul of the Cottesloe Theatre which reopened as the Dorfman Theatre. NT Future also included The Shed, an iconic temporary theatre on the south bank that created a naturally ventilated performance space connected to the NT via a temporary foyer.

Previous projects include the regeneration of Snape Maltings, home of the Aldeburgh Music Festival to create the Britten Studio, a flexible performance and rehearsal space, the Kiln Studio for music recital, and the Dovecot, a studio for artists in the ruins of an old dovecot.

Paddy is also a writer and broadcaster. His books include Concrete Reality, a study of Denys Lasdun and the National Theatre, and The Story of Buildings, a history of architecture for children.

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