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Martin, Sir (John) Leslie

Martin, Sir (John) Leslie (1908–2000). English architect. As Deputy Architect of the LCC under Robert Matthew, he designed his best-known work, the Royal Festival Hall (1948–51—with Peter Moro, Edwin Williams (1896–1976), and others), and succeeded Matthew as Architect to the LCC in 1953. Appointed Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University in 1956, he established his own practice in the same year. He designed Harvey Court, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1957–62), the Library at Manor Road, Oxford (1959–64—with Colin St John Wilson and Patrick Hodgkinson (1930– )), the William Stone Building, Peterhouse, Cambridge (1960–4—also with Wilson), the Zoology/Psychology Building, Oxford (1964–70), and the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (1983–90—with Ivor Richards (1943– )). There is no doubt that, through the tenure of the Chair at Cambridge (until 1972 and afterwards as Emeritus Professor) he exercised enormous influence on architecture and planning, although his attempts to emphasize the mathematical, measurable, and supposedly rational elements of architecture cannot be regarded as successful.

Bibliography

Carolin & Dannatt (eds.) (1996);
Kalman (1994);
J. McKean (2001);
Jane Turner (1996)

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