Powell, Sir Philip. (15 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Interviewees

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

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    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

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    Part 15. Building materials used in tower block and houses. Tower block had 18 storeys, 2 storey houses had small gardens. Discusses building of Plumstead School which involved using existing Edwardian building, adding classrooms - similar to Mayfield School. Discussion of his career, getting RIBA Gold Medal and knighthood and his family. Talks about Moya who got C.B.E, more of a recluse than Philip Powel [PP]. PP also got Companion of Honour. Member of Fine Arts Commission for 27 years. Explains why he joined it and how he enjoyed looking at and judging buildings - learned tolerance. Explains how committee worked on the gradual reduction of architects on the Commissions. Still has tenuous connection with Commission, nicknames 'Commissioner Emeritus'. Mentions other architects now on Commission and also laymen. Became RA Treasurer with tradition of treasurers being architects - details his role and his feelings about the job he held for 10 years. Liked the people involved in running the RA.

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