Jack Howe (architect)

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Jack Howe (24 February 1911 – 3 December 2003) was an architect and industrial designer who worked on Impington Village College as an architect and the Chubb cash dispenser MD2 as an industrial designer.

Early life[edit]

Howe was born in Enfield, Middlesex on 24 February 1911, and was a butcher's son. He attended Enfield Grammar School[1] and studied architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic.[2]

Architecture career[edit]

Howe worked for Joseph Emberton, and from 1934 onwards for Maxwell Fry, where he worked on Impington Village College and the Westminster Electricity Showroom in Regent Street.[1] Following Walter Gropius's move to the United States in 1937, Howe oversaw the construction of Impington Village College.[2] At the outbreak of the World War II, he worked with Holland, Hannen & Cubitts for the Royal Ordnance factories at Wrexham and Ranskill.[1] He then joined Arcon in 1944 as associate partner, and worked on the design of the Mark 4 prefabricated house,[2] of which 41,000 were later built.[1] He set up his own practice after the end of the war,[2] and designed Highbury Quadrant Primary School and housing at Windmill House, Lambeth, among other buildings, for the London County Council.[1] He worked on the Kodak pavilion at the Brussels World Fair in 1958 and the British Pavilion at the British Trade Fair in Moscow in 1961.[2]

Industrial design career[edit]

Howe had his first industrial design commission in 1946 from Gent & Co Ltd.,[3] and moved gradually into industrial design from the 1950s onwards.[1] Among his clients were Chubb, for whom he designed the Chubb cash dispenser MD2, which won him the 1969 Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for Elegant Design,[3] Associated Electrical Industries,[1] Thermos, Morphy Richards and Heals.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Powers, Alan (10 December 2003). "Obituaries: Jack Howe - Assistant to Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry who moved from architecture to industrial design". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jack Howe". Telegraph.co.uk - Obituaries. 16 December 2003. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for Elegant Design (sic)". Design - Pages 30-32. VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service). 1969. Retrieved 2010-03-01.