Saturday August 26th marks the birthday of John Partridge, part of the quartet of architects that made up the firm Howell Killick Partridge Amis. Partridge died last year at the age of 91, but he and his colleagues work lives on in a new book by Geraint Franklin, Howell Killick Partridge Amis, published by Historic England. Historic England were kind enough to send us a copy and we are happy to report it is a wonderful book, in keeping with their 20th Century Architects series, which has featured book on the careers of Leonard Manasseh, Chamberlin Powell & Bon and Wells Coates among others.
Beginning with the meeting of the four architects at the London Council County Architect's Department and their part in the design of the Alton West Estate, the book charts HPKA’s journey from young guns to elder statesman of the architectural scene. Franklin’s book takes an in depth look at their work for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as designs for schools (such as Acland Burghley), local authorities (including Haringey, Harrow and Islington) and private commissions (including houses in Edgware).
Throughout the book the text is supported and enlivened by new photographs from James O.Davies, as well as images and sketches from HKPA’s own archives. The book finished with a comprehensive list of HPKA's projects, built and unbuilt. Howell Killick Partridge Amis is a great addition to the 20th Century Architects series, and we eagerly await further volumes.
Howell Killick Partridge Amis is available directly from the Historic England website HERE. Or if you are a 20th Century Society member you can get a 20% discount on the book HERE.