Drew, Jane. (4 of 9). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    1995-05-20 to 1995-05-21

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    Interviewee's home.

  • Interviewees

    Drew, Jane, 1911- (speaker, female), Mitton, Oriana (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Garlake, Margaret (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: Jane Drew's [JD] work on ICA building, and comments on ICA as client; her designs for chairs for ICA and Gulf Oil. Comments on Leslie Martin and Sadie Martin, views shared with Leslie Martin as students at Architectural Association, shared admiration for Piet Mondrian and J.J.P. Oud (Jacobus Oud); student life and pantomimes at AA; encouragement to JD as student from Geoffrey Jellicoe (work concerning flat for Barbara Hutton); comments on importance of supporting the work of students. Discussion of architectural clients; patronage of Shell, Singapore, and use of local artists; comments on Ben Nicholson and his panel for Riverside Restaurant at Festival of Britain site; Nicholson's and Barbara Hepworth's responses to death of Eric Gregory. Comments on founding of ICA, importance of 'Horizon' magazine, hopefulness of post-war period. Discusses need for architects to respect sites; need for reintegration of town planning and architecture; JD's recent lectures on this subject in South Africa.

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