Roger Cunliffe, 3rd Baron Cunliffe

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Roger Cunliffe, 3rd Baron Cunliffe (born 12 January 1932) is a retired architect and consulting project manager. He specialised in project strategy, particularly for office buildings, museums and exhibition complexes, and for city planning, both in the UK and overseas. He designed various museums and office buildings, and was the job architect of the listed Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park, London. He and his wife now have a small farm and woodlands in Suffolk.

The title of Baron was granted to his grandfather Walter, on 14 December 1914. Walter was chairman of the Governors of the Bank of England 1914-1918.


Roger Cunliffe was born at Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire on 12 January 1932, the eldest son of Rolf and Joan Cunliffe. He had two older sisters, Shirley (died 2007) and Corinna, and one younger brother Merlin. His father was a banker by trade and a wartime wing-commander in the RAF. He was also an avid collector of Chinese artworks and became the honorary keeper of the Far Eastern collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Roger Cunliffe (BA, MA) switched from engineering to architecture at Trinity College, Cambridge after attending Eton College. He continued his education at the Architectural Association (AADipl) and the Open University. He moved his family to Chicago in the USA in 1960 to work with the architect Harry Weese. They returned to England in 1963. He was made the Director of the Architectural Association 1969-1971. He worked for RMJM and was later director of Exhibition Consultants Ltd. Among his qualifications and professional associations were the following: RIBA, MCMI, MAPM; board member of Lancing College, Goldsmiths College and the College of Estate Management (Hon Fellow); Vice-Chairman, British Consultants Bureau; Court of the Goldsmiths Company (Prime Warden 1997-8); Trustee, William Blake Trust; Chairman of the Suffolk Craft Society; Hon DUniv University Campus Suffolk. Cunliffe was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex in 2008.[citation needed]

He married Clemency Ann Hoare in 1957 after meeting her while they were both working in Greece. They have three children.

He has written for the national and professional press, and co-authored two books: Office Buildings with Leonard Manasseh in 1962 and Tomorrow's Office with Santa Raymond in 1995.


Beamish, David. United Kingdom peerage creations 1801 to 2005: a list compiled by David Beamish
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David Hencke, Westminster correspondent, Friday 26 November 2004

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rolf Cunliffe
Baron Cunliffe
Heir apparent:
Hon. Henry Cunliffe