Royston Summers studied at the Wolverhampton Grammar School. After he worked for the Intelligence Corps in Germany, he proceeded to attend Downing College in Cambridge where he focussed on English and advanced to Classics. He also received education at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Royston Summers was an architect for the Cornwall County Council and had a hand in developing the New Country Hall in Truro. His first solo commission was the new library in Saltash. He eventually founded his own practice in Blackheath, London in 1964 and was awarded the Ministry of Housing and Local Government medal for developing energy efficient houses using passivhaus methods for a cluster of families. The low density housing estate in Surrey received the RIBA architecture award in 1976 and the DofE diploma for Good Design in 1980. His other award winning project was the first solar heated council flats in Lewisham which was awarded the CIBS commendation for its sustainable energy use in 1982.
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