Frederick Gibberd


Sir Frederick Gibberd was perceived to be one of Britain's most influential Modern Movement architects. His contributions to post-war town planning made a large impact on the country and he was also known for the his profound designs for a handful of public and religious buildings. Some of the projects include London Central Mosque, Orchard Croft Housing Estate and the Stow shopping centre in Harlow, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral - for its unique 'crown of thorns' feature, Harlow New Town, Douai Abbey in Berkshire, Arundel Great Court, Ulster Hospital in Belfast, Roman Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool, Park Court, Fulwell Cross Library in Illford, Saint George's Chapel and Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire. Sir Frederick Gibberd studied at the Birmingham School of Architecture, with F.R.S Yorke, under the guidance of well known Arts and Craft architect William Bidlake. After graduating, he establish his very own private practice in 1930 where he was he received his first project for Pullman Court in Streatham. This project catapulted him to a variety of other commissioned schemes like Southgate's Ellington Court and Park Court in Sydenham. It seems that along the years, Sir Frederick Gibberd has gained a reputation as the 'flat' architect which inspired him to co-write The Modern Flat publication in 1937, with F.R.S Yorke. Sir Frederick Gibberd was also a member of the Modern Architectural Research Group (MARS) where the other members include important figures of the 20th century modernism like Wells Coates, Serge Chermayeff and Berthold Lubetkin. He also began reading up and researching about town planning which led to his assignment as the planner for a new town of Harlow, Essex. This scheme was noted by many as one of the most successful projects in its field. During the Second World War, he took on the role of principal at the Architectural Association because he was unfit for service. Unfortunately, Sir Frederick Gibberd retired in 1978. However, his practice, that was started in 1945, is still in service currently.

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