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Philip Dowson

Philip Dowson

British architect
Philip Dowson
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro British architect
Was Architect
From United Kingdom
Type Engineering
Gender male
Birth 16 August 1924, Johannesburg, South Africa
Death 22 August 2014 (aged 90 years)
Star sign Leo
Family
Mother: Ina Muriel Cowen
Father: Robert Manning Dowson
Children: Aurea Katharine DowsonCharles DowsonAnna Dowson
Education
Clare College
University College
Awards
Commander of the Order of the British Empire  
Royal Gold Medal 1981
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Sir Philip Henry Manning Dowson CBE PRA (16 August 1924 – 22 August 2014) was a leading British architect. From 1993 to 1999 he served as President of the Royal Academy.

Early life

Philip Dowson was born in South Africa. He educated at Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, England, from 1938 to 1942 and then went up to University College, Oxford (where he later designed four student accommodation blocks for Stavertonia in North Oxford) to read Mathematics. This was during the Second World War. After one year at Oxford, he joined the Royal Navy and remained in the service until 1947.

On leaving the Navy, Dowson proceeded to Clare College, Cambridge to study Art from 1947 to 1950 and then to the Architectural Association School, London.

Career

From 1953, Dowson worked with the engineer Sir Ove Arup, becoming a founding partner in Arup Associates in 1963 and rising to be the firm's senior partner and Chief Architect in 1969.

Dowson has contributed to a large number of major projects, including new buildings for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He died aged 90 on 22 August 2014.

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C467/71) with Philip Dowson in 2002 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.

Honours

  • 1969 Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • 1980 Knighthood
  • 1981 Royal Academician
  • 1981 Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects
  • 1993 President of the Royal Academy of Arts

Dowson also served as a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 11 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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