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date: 13 December 2019

Cullen, (Thomas) Gordonlocked

(b Yorks, Aug 9, 1914; d Aug 11, 1994).
  • J. M. Richards

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(b Yorks, Aug 9, 1914; d Aug 11, 1994).

English writer and urban planning consultant. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Central London and subsequently worked as a draughtsman in various architects’ offices including that of Berthold Lubetkin and Tecton, but he never qualified or practised as an architect. From 1944 to 1946 he worked in the planning office of the Development and Welfare Department in Barbados, then returned to London and joined the Architectural Review, first as a draughtsman and then as a writer on planning policies and principles. He produced a large number of influential editorial features and case studies on the theory of planning and the design of towns, including criticism of the disregard by local planning authorities of aesthetic and other considerations. Many improvements in the urban and rural environment in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s were due to his influence. The features consisted largely of drawings that conveyed a particularly clear understanding of his ideas, and these had a considerable influence on subsequent architectural illustration styles. He also illustrated several books by other authors. Cullen became a freelance writer and consultant in ...

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