He started his company in 1962, and created much of the radical architecture that characterised post-war Birmingham. His most famous building is one which will be demolished in early 2015 – Birmingham's colossal Central Library.
Since it was built, it has divided opinion. Council officials, local media and the Prince of Wales, all too happily criticised it for being 'a monstrosity'. Prince Wales even suggested it looked like somewhere you would burn books, rather than read them. But what does he know, eh?