Sir Philip Dowson


Sir Philip Dowson has been acknowledged to be one of Britain's most significant Modern architects. After graduating from Gresham's School in Norfolk, he studied Mathematics for a year in University College located in Oxford before enlisting in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He continued his studies at Clare College in Cambridge, where he studied Art History from the year 1947 to 1950 and proceeded to train at the Architectural Association. In the 1950s, he worked with Sir Ove Arup, who is an engineer and eventually became a founding partner of Arup Associates, which was a highly powerful firm that consisted of professionals from different background. He made his way up to the role of chief architect where he led his team of engineers, architects and quantity surveyors to create a prominent architecture in which the fundamentals of the design were focussed on logic, construction techniques and the scientific function while taking into deliberation the character of the materials.

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