Powell, Sir Philip. (19 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives
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Powell, Sir Philip, 1921-2003 (speaker, male)
Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)
Part 19. The Great Ormond Street Hospital - as many had been collected for a good cause, it needs extra care with expenditure which added extra complications to an already difficult problem. The 'clients' were fair but tough to work with. An exciting end to Philip Powel's [PP] career. PP left office in 1991 at age 70. Stayed as consultant for another three years - by that time Gt Ormond St was finished. PP's thoughts on his retirement. The form has now amalgamated with another who are colleagues and personal friends - now called Pringle, Brendon, Powell, Moya. PP is happy about this. Thoughts on the future of architecture - very bad at present but hopeful for future. Architects he admires - Foster - likes his Insurance building in Ipswich and Stansted Airport. Also admires Richard Rogers - liked TV4 building and Lloyds. Also likes the new Glyndebourne. Likes Penryn and Presod- from the 'younger generation' - also very good at interviews. Feels the 'big names' still get better chances but new young architects should be given a chance. Involvement in competition judging, now chairman of jury. He is in favour of consulting opinion of non-architects. Now mostly on hospital juries - in Belfast.