Brown, Neave (6 of 19). National  Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    2013-12-07, 2013-12-14, 2014-02-08, 2014-03-08, 2014-03-15, 2014-03-29, 2014-04-26, 2014-07-27, 2014-08-10, 2014-08-17, 2014-12-06

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Brown, Neave (1929-) (speaker,  male)

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    Franklin, Geraint (speaker, male)

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    Part 6: Remarks on MF and JD. NB mentions fourth-year term at AA Tropical School established by MF and JD. NB describes house project. [00:05:29] Remarks on love of staircases and AA thesis on the Renaissance staircase. Mentions ability to write, and poor handwriting and spelling. [00:10:18] Role of architectural history at AA and lectures by John Summerson; relationship between architectural history and modernism. Remarks on interest in classical music. [00:16:01] Work during summer holidays as draughtsman for ACP, Denys Lasdun [DL] and Guy Morgan. [00:19:53] Comments on DL’s architecture. [Background noise at 00:21:20]. [00:22:55] Mentions producing drawings for JS, of [Leicester University Engineering Building and Florey Building, Queen's College, University of Oxford]. [00:26:20] Summary of structure of architectural education and NB’s decision not to take optional ‘year out’ but to continue with course. Briefly mentions preference of drawing to model-making. [00:28:57] Description of NB’s design of house in Cornwall for nephew. [00:32:59] Comments on ability to draw and paint; importance of architect’s ability to draw. Role of drawing in LIE office and London Borough of Camden office. [Brief interruption at 00:38:43] Mentions use of 4H pencils and Graphos and [Rotring] Rapidograph pens.

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