The Power of Process: Extended online edition

Michael Pearson 1933-2021


The printed edition inevitably represents a compromise between what was intended by the author and the subject and what ultimately proved possible within the constraints of time, space and finance.  


The unique characteristics of the web, however, present a perfect opportunity to address this by providing a place where material that was excluded from the book can be seen, at much-reduced cost and with far less resource.


On these pages will thus be found longer pieces of writing, expanding certain chapters; unused pictures of schemes shown in the book and pictures of those mentioned but not illustrated; more detail on the sources and influences for Michael Pearson’s work; original sketches by him; and near-full transcripts of the interviews and conversations between him and Chris Rogers.


This will build into a rich store of contextual information considerably enhancing knowledge and appreciation of Michael Pearson’s architecture and working method. The reader interested in how the book came together will also find comments, ideas and notes from the author interspersed.


Finally, exploiting another feature of the web, I welcome comments from visitors on the Power of Process project; please use the contact form.

Matter is organised here under the same chapter headings as the book and broadly relates to their theme; images (except where indicated) are from Michael Pearson's archive or were created for the book

6.0  C6  Header - MP in front of BH

Michael Pearson photographed outside Burne House, c.1984


Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall extension 1959-1961, Lancaster, by Charles B Pearson & Son (lead architect John Stephenson)

Chapter 0 – Concepts, covers, notes; the lost preface


Chapter 3 – Life, in pictures


Chapter 5 – Sources for early British works


Chapter 6 – Burne House telecommunications centre




Chris Rogers  |  Writer on architecture and visual culture