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

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  • 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.’

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    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.

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