Bor, Walter (7 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 7: Walter Bor [WB] Back to Prague and his expertise in cartoons and posters. Popularity among fellow students with charicatures of professors. Also gave drawing lessons, providing an income. Second choice of career would have been medicine but could not stand sight of blood. Lived on £6 a month in shared flat. Telephone call to parents then correspondence via Holland. Outbreak of war and UCL moved to Cambridge where accepted into Third Year of study. Disappointed as close to completion in Prague. Describes staff including Sir Albert Richardson, the Neo-Georgian, brilliant on history of architecture but anti the Modernist Movement.. Criticism of WB’s Modernist design for bicycle shed and his resignation from the course. Worked on repair of training aircraft and made supervisor. Contact with English working class, different from more homogenous Czech society. Friendship with Alec Lowe. Joined in Cambridge by HL and endured cold winter. Story of cooking rice.

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