Sir Basil Spence


Sir Basil Spence was pre-eminent expert in the Modern Movement and was recognised for his design of the Coventry Cathedral. Despite being born in India, Sir Basil Spence studied in Edinburgh from the age of 12. He went on to Edinburgh College of Art and eventually joined the Bartlett School of Architecture like many of the other prominent architects. In addition to his remarkable educational background, Sir Basic Spence also worked under the guidance of Sir Edwin Lutyens, his role model and motivation. He was also the President of RIBA from 1959 to 1960. Sir Basil Spence’s career was at its peak after the war, although he did deliver 3 houses in Scotland in between the wars. Most of his buildings, regardless of size, has a similar feature: the fusion of traditional and Modernist elements. Some of his known works include the house in Stirlingshire and the Canongate Development in Edinburgh.

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