ABSTRACT

From 1951 to 1954 at Cambridge and then from 1954 to 1956 at the Bartlett in London, my years as an architectural student came and passed while I was still a normal able-bodied person. During that time I was never presented with any prescriptive model of the building user for whom I would, were I to keep on course for the goal at which my training wras aimed, eventually be designing buildings. At Cambridge in October 1951 the first exercise we were given to tackle on our drawing boards in the studio was to design a knocker to go on the entrance door of a nunnery. From then on, for buildings large and small, we were set a series of design problems; designing buildings was what we had to learn how to do. In between stints at the drawing board we were lectured on the mechanics of building construction and the history of architecture.