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Andrew Derbyshire

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Sir Andrew George Derbyshire FRIBA (7 October 1923 – 3 March 2016) was a British architect.[1][2] He was a senior partner, later Chairman, and following retirement, President, of the architectural practice Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM) and Partners, under the original named-partner architects. He was knighted in 1986.[3]

Derbyshire studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, and at the Architectural Association, London, before realising, as principal architect with RMJM, the master-planning and designing of the University of York campus in Heslington (from 1962), said to be his chef d'oeuvre.[4][5]

Hillingdon Civic Centre by Derbyshire

Other works included the Castle Market in Sheffield.[6] His Hillingdon Civic Centre in a neo-vernacular style made extensive use of brick and tile, to pay homage to traditional homely brick architecture of nearby buildings and suburban developments that were "indigenous to the borough".[7][8][9]

National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C467/77) with Andrew Derbyshire in 2003 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.[10]


  1. ^ Derbyshire, Ben. "Andrew Derbyshire". Building Design. Building Design. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  2. ^ ‘DERBYSHIRE, Sir Andrew (George)’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2013 ; online edn, Dec 2013 accessed 17 May 2014
  3. ^ "No. 50551". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1986. p. 1.
  4. ^ Joshua Mardell, ‘Learning from York’, Scroope: Cambridge Architecture Journal, vol. 22 (2013).
  5. ^ Joshua Mardell, 'The CIAM Charter of Habitat: "Inter-relationships" and "scales of association" in the work of British architects, 1950-1970', MPhil. thesis, University of Cambridge (2012)
  6. ^ Hopkirk, Elizabeth. "Andrew Derbyshire (1923-2016)". Building Design. Building Design. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  7. ^ Andrew Rosen (2003). The Transformation of British Life 1950-2000: A Social History. Manchester University Press. pp. 136–8. ISBN 978-0-7190-6612-2.
  8. ^ Bridget Cherry; Nikolaus Pevsner (1 March 1991). London 3: North West. Yale University Press. pp. 359–360. ISBN 978-0-300-09652-1.
  9. ^ "About the Civic Centre". London Borough of Hillingdon. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  10. ^ National Life Stories, 'Derbyshire, Andrew (1 of 23) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives', The British Library Board, 2003. Retrieved 10 April 2018