Architectural Research Quarterly

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Subject and object

Trevor Dannatt, Charles Rattray and Ivor Richards

I wanted to get into the real world – not that the Jane Drew world was very real, considering what was going on. We were fiddling around with six, I think it was, wartime agricultural cottages and then Jane got this famous job of Kitchen Consultant to the Gas Council. She was appointed to do kitchens because women architects were supposed to know about kitchens.

(Online publication May 13 2011)

Trevor Dannatt is a rare witness to architectural events that few in the profession can now recall. The architect celebrated his ninetieth birthday at the Royal Academy in January 2010 and this year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the opening of London's Royal Festival Hall (RFH) on which he worked with Leslie Martin and Peter Moro. Trevor Dannatt: Works and Words, by Roger Stonehouse – a sort of collected works – was published in 2008 (Black Dog Publishing, London). He studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London under Moro and began in practice after following Moro's advice, to ‘try Leslie Martin and try Jane Drew’. It was, he recalls ‘like a seminar going to an interview with Leslie’ but the work, on LMS railway stations, didn't interest him. So he decided to see Jane Drew who gave him a job right away after interviewing him, rather bizarrely, on a Marcel Breuer chaise longue.

Charles Rattray worked with Ivor Richards in the studio of Sir Leslie Martin and is Associate Editor of arq

Ivor Richards is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. From 1969 to 1990 he was a principal collaborator with Sir Leslie Martin. A long-time friend and colleague of Trevor Dannatt, he collaborated on the refurbishment of the Laslett house in the 1970s