James Maude Richards

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James Maude Richards
Born (1907-08-13)August 13, 1907
Died April 27, 1992(1992-04-27) (aged 84)

Sir James Maude Richards, FRIBA (13 August 1907 – 27 April 1992), was a British architectural writer.

James Maude Richards was born in Britain on 13 August 1907, at Ladypath, Park Lane, Carshalton, Surrey. His parents were the solicitor, Louis Saurin Richards, and his wife, Lucy Denes (née Clarence), who was born in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.[1] Educated at Gresham's School, Holt, and Cambridge University, he trained as an architect at the Architectural Association.

He worked at J. Lyons & Co., assisting Oliver Percy Bernard, before being sent to work as an architectural assistant for the engineer, Owen Williams.[2]

But his main career was as a writer on architecture. As well as publishing many books, he served as editor of the Architectural Review from 1937 to 1971, the longest period in office of any of its editors.

He had a short, unhappy marriage to the artist, Peggy Angus, with whom he had two children.

He died in Fulham, London, on 27 April 1992.

Major publications[edit]

By J. M. Richards -

  • High Street (1938)
  • An Introduction to Modern Architecture (Penguin Books, 1940, revised 1953 and 1963) ISBN 0-14-020061-4
  • The Castles on the Ground (Architectural Press, 1946), 2nd edn with subtitle The Anatomy of Suburbia (John Murray, 1973) ISBN 0-7195-2908-5
  • Functional Tradition in Early Industrial Buildings (Architectural Press, 1958) ISBN 0-85139-226-1
  • Miniature History of the English House (Architectural Press, 1960) ISBN 0-85139-389-6
  • Stockholm's new commercial centre (Architectural Review, 1961)
  • Guide to Finnish Architecture (1966)
  • The Anti-rationalists (University of Toronto Press, 1973) (ed. with Nikolaus Pevsner) ISBN 0-85139-005-6
  • The Professions: Architecture (David & Charles, 1974) ISBN 0-7153-6422-7
  • Provision for the Arts in the Republic of Ireland (Gulbenkian Foundation, 1976) ISBN 0-903319-05-5
  • Who's Who in Architecture from 1400 to the Present Day (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1977) ISBN 0-297-77283-X
  • Eight Hundred Years of Finnish Architecture (David & Charles, 1978) ISBN 0-7153-7512-1
  • Memoirs of an Unjust Fella (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1980) ISBN 0-297-77767-X
  • National Trust Book of English Architecture (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1981) ISBN 0-297-77901-X
  • Marcel Breuer: 1902-81 (Architectural Review, 1981)
  • Carl Ludwig Engel, Finland's Neo-Classical Master (Architectural Review, 1982)
  • Peter Reyner Banham (Architectural Review, 1988)


  1. ^ "Richards, Sir James Maude". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Yeomans 2001, p. 62.

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