Having failed to find much information online about the work of Godfrey Samuel as an architect in spite of the fact that he was a founder member of the architectural practice Tecton in 1932, designed a number of modernist houses in the 1930s, corresponded with Le Corbusier about how to get La Ville Radieuse translated in 1936, and was one of Corbusier’s hosts at the MARS exhibition on The Elements of Modern Architecture in January 1938, I have discovered that there is more, and unexpected, information about him in ThePeerage.com: born in 1904, so in his late twenties as a member of Tecton, he had been at Balliol before, I assume, being a student at the AA; a bachelor, he died in 1982 and left all his papers to the RIBA.
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These posts on Samuel are really important. Well done, bringing them to public `attention. Thank you. Tecton were one of the central architectural companies in the 20th century in Britain.
Oddly, I’ve just been looking into him too, because, when with Tecton, he designed a studio for the writer and artist Clare Leighton in the Chilterns. HIs papers are in the RIBA library, and apparently include the customary battles with the planning authority over this – but I haven’t been to see them yet. The studio got knocked down in 2012 without anyone ever realising it was by Tecton.
Yes, an intriguing figure. Let me know if you find out more at the RIBA. Charles
Thank you for this post! This information helped me with my research. I am looking at his contribution in the Commission C8 Liaison at the CIAM X Congress in Dubrovnik in 1956 as part of my thesis at the AA.
I’m glad – an interesting connection. Charles