Bor, Walter (21 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives
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Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 21: Walter Bor [WB ]Outlines his teaching career. When at LCC, gave lectures at Regent Street Polytechnic. His assessment of the course. At Liverpool, gave a few lectures at the University for Professor of Architecture, Gardiner Medwin and for Miles Wright, Professor of Planning. Wanted to share his own experience. 1978-80, senior lectureship at University College in School of Environmental Studies. Invitation as Visiting Professor of Urban Planning at Princeton, under Bob Geddes. Exhilarating experience of teaching committed students from different disciplines. Also taught at Rice University, Houston. Difference between US and UK students. Stresses importance of designing the plan rather than the planning process. Geddes, a brilliant Dean bringing in visiting architects. Reference to National Gallery Extension. Compares Princeton and Rice. Rice University and Houston, details of high quality buildings. Recalls set design for performance of Die Meistersingers, Disney-like culture. Exciting period at UC with visiting architects including Duccio Turin, Professor Abercrombie and Richard L-D. Interplay between academia and practice. Invited to take up Chair at UC, backed by Lord Annan but talked himself out of it as needed a full-time professor.