With a technical eye, finely tuned to the construction and aesthetics of a structure, Brian Lewis is an architect through and through. In his book, Contemporary Caribbean Architecture, Lewis explores the private homes and commercial spaces that have elicited inspiration.
Lewis, who studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, has been in private practice for over 40 years. Essentially, Lewis wanted readers to be engaged just as he is with architecture and architectural photography. Each space gives the reader a glimpse into the story of the house in many ways. As Lewis explained, “The interior images I used are mostly in the living areas of houses, not the private rooms and I aimed at selecting views that will best describe the overall space. Sometimes small details can be a clue to the architect’s design intent and I would try to capture these as I moved around the space.”
As the current practice manager of the Trinidad and Tobago-based architectural firm acla: works, Lewis has the experience and insights. His book has been four years in the making. Other works by Lewis include the publication of Manikin: The Art and Architecture of Anthony C. Lewis. In Contemporary Caribbean Architecture, Lewis sought to provide a fresh perspective of modern architecture in the Caribbean. The book is also the first collectible publication that features over 50 properties that were selected and photographed by Lewis.
“My photography is the world of architecture made visible through my unique experience and vision as an architect and photographer. For me, architecture and its photography are inextricably connected. I believe that creating architecture is one way to make a contribution and, another way is via the medium of architectural photography. I enjoy photographing contemporary architecture, searching for and capturing the design intent. I believe that by presenting the design intent of a building I can enhance the appreciation of architecture and its architects.”
Architectural projects by Lewis include the University of Trinidad and Tobago at Tamana, the British Gas. Headquarters in St Clair Avenue and a number of bank branches and office buildings for Republic Bank. He is also a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, American Photographic Artists and the International Association of Architectural Photographers.