Powell, Sir Philip. (6 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Powell, Sir Philip, 1921-2003 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

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    Part 6. Philip Powel [PP] tells how he met his wife and married after 5/6 months. Phillipa's father was a retired colonel. She had been at Bath Academy of Art and later took up dancing and then taught ballroom dancing in London. Married in 1953, daughter Dido born in 1955 and son, Ben, in 1957. Dido is a painter and teaches History of Art. Ben was in travel business -'Trailfinders' and now nearly qualified as a solicitor. Dido has twins, half English, half African, now 11 years. Father was Ghanaian Son has boy from second marriage. Did not try to influence his children. More discussion on Churchill Gardens - attitude to quantity surveyors and how they got on well with the firm. Worked with E C Harris. First job was Churchill Gardens and then two houses in Chichester for parents and sister and a house round the corner. Chichester house design influenced by architectural school. Winning competition helped to get planning permission. Chichester houses were planned to take antique furniture. When finished, got a lot of publicity. Competition for Festival of Britain - did Skylon (anonymously) and won. More Moya's work. Discussed technique of building it. Engineer was Felix Samuely. His thoughts on the other buildings in Festival of Britain, use of open space. Those responsible for planning were Hugh Casson and Misha Black.

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