Leslie Martin – Architect

Leslie Martin, Architect, Cambridge, English Works, Design, Projects, English Office

Leslie Martin, Architect

20th Century Architecture Practice, England, UK

Leslie Martin
1908-99

Leslie Martin – Key Projects

Major Designs, alphabetical:

Faculty of Music, West Rd, Cambridge, England, UK
Date built: 1978-84
Design: Leslie Martin with Colen Lumley & Ivor Richards

Glasgow International Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Date built: 1990
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
photo © Adrian Welch
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Building

Harvey Court, Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, England
Dates built: 1960-62

Leicester University College Hall buildings, England
Date built: –
Leslie Martin with Trevor Dannatt

Own house and studios, converted mill, Great Shelford, England
Date built: –

William Stone Building, Peterhouse College, Cambridge
Dates built: 1963-64

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Leslie Martin – Practice Information

Leslie Martin – Winner of RIBA Gold Medal 1973

Leslie Martin – Background

Leslie Martin’s father was an architect. Martin was born in Manchester and studied at Manchester University School of Architecture, England, qualifying in 1930 and remaining there as a teacher until 1934 when he became Head of Hull’s School of Architecture, also in England.

In 1939 the architect was appointed Principal Assistant Architect to the LMS Railway, occupying the post throughout the War, involved in designing emergency wartime buildings in Great Britain.

Appointed Deputy Architect to the London County Council, he led the team of architects that designed the elegantly restrained Royal Festival Hall building on the South Bank facing the River Thames in central London, UK.

in 1953 Leslie succeeded Sir Robert Matthew as LCC Architect.

He was appointed to the first Chair of Architecture at Cambridge in 1956, a position he held until his retirement in 1972.

At the same time, he set up an architectural practice in Cambridge after having first built his own house & studios in a converted mill in Great Shelford (a suburb of Cambridge). Leslie Martin completed his last building in 1990

Harvey Court was a radical architectural development for Cambridge in the 1960s and the building is probably the architect’s most famous work.

Leslie married Sadie Speight, architect, in 1934. She died in 1992 and he is survived by his son and daughter.

Leslie Martin : Cambridge Architecture
Churchill College
image © Adrian Welch

Leslie Martin Honours / Positions:
Knighted: 1957
Received Royal Gold Medal: 1973
Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1956-73
Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1973-99

Website: Jesus College, Cambridge

Leslie Martin : Modern Architect

Key building adjacent to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall : Buchanan Galleries

English Buildings

The name of Leslie Martin lives on in the Martin Centre for Architectural Studies, Cambridge

Architecture Studios

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