Today is Leonard Manasseh’s 100th. birthday He is the first RA ever to be 100. Born in Singapore in 1916 in the house which is now the luxuriously sub-tropical residence of the High Commissioner, his father was a trader in rubber and jute. Trained at the AA in the late 1930s, the era of the MARS group and high modernism, he won a competition after the war to design a restaurant for the Festival of Britain and established himself in private practice as an architect in 1949 in partnership with Ian Baker. In the 50s, they worked mainly on cafés and shop designs including the interior of the Time Life Building in New Bond Street. In the late 50s, they did the Rutherford School of Lisson Grove. He was elected an RA in 1979 and continues faithfully to attend meetings of General Assembly.