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Adshead, Stanley Davenport (1868–1946), architect and town planner, was born at Bowden Vale, Bowden, Cheshire, on 8 March 1868. He was the second of eight children and eldest son of Joseph Adshead, an artist, and his wife, Eliza Davies. He was educated at ...

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Baines, Sir George Grenfell- (1908–2003), architect and town planner, was born George Grenfell Baines on 30 April 1908 at 11 Cecilia Street, Preston, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Ernest Charles Baines (1882–1950), railway clerk, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth, née...

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Lionel Gordon Baliol Brett, fourth Viscount Esher (1913–2004) by Leonard Rosoman, 1978 © Leonard Henry Rosoman; Royal College of Art Collection

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Brett, Lionel Gordon Baliol, fourth Viscount Esher (1913–2004), architect and town planner, was born on 18 July 1913 at Orchard Lea, Winkfield, in Windsor Forest, Berkshire, the eldest of three children and only son of Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, from 1930 third Viscount Esher...

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Burns, Sir Wilfred (1923–1984), urban planner, was born on 11 April 1923 at 100 Albert Road, Farnworth, near Bolton, Lancashire, the son of Bertie Burns (1894–1929), hairdresser, and his wife, Annie, née Hurst. Following his father’s death, the family moved to ...

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Chamberlin, Peter Hugh Girard [Joe] (1919–1978), architect and town planner, was born at the Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych, London, on 31 March 1919, the son of Hugh Noel Girard Chamberlin, an army officer of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and his wife, Eleanor Penelope, ...

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Chesterton, Dame Elizabeth Ursula (1915–2002), architect and planner, was born on 12 October 1915 at 28 Willifield Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, the only child of Maurice Chesterton (1880–1962), builder turned architect, and his wife, Dorothy, née Deck (1888–1982). ...

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Cullen, (Thomas) Gordon (1914–1994), architect and town planner, was born on 9 August 1914 at Trinity Lodge, Calverley, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Hetherington Cullen, Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Mary Ann Mofatt. His parents were Scottish. The family lived in Runcorn and ...

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Fidler, Alwyn Gwilym Sheppard (1909–1990), architect, was born on 8 May 1909 at Dee Valley, Holywell, Flintshire, the son of William Ernest Fidler (1880–1912), a schoolteacher from Towcester, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Phoebe Maud, née Williams (d. 1951), of ...

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Forshaw, John Henry (1895–1973), architect and urban planner, was born on 6 September 1895 at Felton's Farm, Dalton, near Skelmersdale, Lancashire, the youngest of the three daughters and two sons of Henry Forshaw (1850–1927), farmer, and his wife, Ellen, née Haselden (b...

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Gibberd, Sir Frederick Ernest (1908–1984), architect and town planner, was born in Coventry on 7 January 1908, the eldest of five children (all sons) of Frederick Gibberd, who ran a gentleman's outfitters at Earlsdon, Coventry, and his wife, Elsie Annie Clay of Nuneaton...

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Hastie, William (1754/5–1832), architect and town planner, arrived in Russia in 1784, aged twenty-nine, as one of a group of seventy-three Scottish workmen recruited by the architect Charles Cameron (1745–1812) to work for the empress Catherine the Great at Tsarskoe Selo near St Petersburg...

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William Graham Holford, Baron Holford (1907–1975) by Elliott & Fry, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Holford, William Graham, Baron Holford (1907–1975), architect and town planner, was born in Berea, Johannesburg, Transvaal Colony, on 22 March 1907, the elder surviving child and second son of William George Holford (1866–1927) and his wife, Katherine Maud Palmer (1875–1966). Both parents came from ...

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Sir Lancelot Herman Keay (1883–1974) by Howard Coster, 1956 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Keay, Sir Lancelot Herman (1883–1974), architect, was born on 3 August 1883 at 1 Clarence Villa, Enys Road, Eastbourne, the second son of Henry William Keay (1849–1938), bookseller and seven times mayor of Eastbourne, and his wife, Annie Maria Merrick, née Head (1848–1944)...

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Korn, Arthur (1891–1978), architect and planner, was born in Breslau, Lower Silesia, Germany, on 4 June 1891, the son of Moritz Korn, a machine tool dealer, and his wife, Martha Ebstein. Following studies at the Luisenstädtisches Gymnasium in Berlin, Korn attended a carpentry trades school (...

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Lanchester, Henry Vaughan (1863–1953), architect and town planner, was born on 9 August 1863 at 18 Alma Square, St John's Wood, London, the first of the eight children of Henry Jones Lanchester (1834–1914), an architect and surveyor with offices in London and Brighton...

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Lyons, Eric Alfred (1912–1980), architect and town planner, was born on 2 October 1912 in Highbury, London, the eldest of the three children of Benjamin Wolff Lyons (1877–1946), soft-toy manufacturer, and his wife, Caroline, née Emanuel (1887–1974). During the First World War, while ...

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MacEwen [née Radford], Ann Maitland (1918–2008), architect and town planner, was born on 15 August 1918 at Saxtead, Marshalls Road, Sutton, Surrey, the daughter of Maitland Radford (1884–1944), doctor and medical officer of health for St Pancras, and his wife, Muriel Ann, ...