Architecture

Sugden, Derek (5 of 5). National  Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

  • Add a note
    Log in to add a note at the bottom of this page.
  • All notes
  • My notes
  • Hide notes
Please click to leave a note

The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »

Tags (top 25):
(No tags found for this item)
  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:19:11

  • Shelf mark

    C467/123

  • Subjects

    Architecture

  • Recording date

    2014-07-15, 2014-09-24, 2014-12-16, 2015-10-07

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home in Watford, Hertfordshire

  • Interviewees

    Sugden, Derek, (1924-2015) (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Dillon, Niamh (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 5: [Session three: 7 October 2015] DS on his house which he moved into in 1957 – explains how Peter and Alison Smithson came to design his house in Watford. The first scheme was designed by Alison Smithson – DS and his wife Jean’s response to it. [00:03:48] Peter Smithson took the design forward and the Sugden’s were very happy with it – DS design the reinforced concrete lintels. [00:05:03] DS describes the plan of the house – the flexibility of the design, small adaptions to the design. [00:08:24] Discussion about staining the timber, discussion about the colour of the curtains. [00:12:10] Reflects on living in the house with a growing family. His wife Jean’s plan of the garden. The house is now listed. [00:15:28] DS explains why he and Jean wanted to design their own house. His desire for a house both ‘radical and ordinary.’

  • Description

    Life story interview with Derek Sugden, structural engineer. The interviewee died in December 2015, before the interview had been completed. Much of his work on acoustics is therefore not included.

  • Metadata record:

    View full metadata for this item