Ronald Sims

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Ronald Sims (1926–2007)[1] was a distinguished ecclesiastical architect who redesigned many English church interiors. His style combined modernism with a respect for tradition and particularly the Arts and Crafts movement. He graduated in 1952, when he joined the practice of George Pace, the ecclesiastical architect based in York.[2] In 1975 he inherited the practice after Pace died.[3]

He designed the Chapter House at Southwark Cathedral[4] and the interior of St Mary's in Putney which had been completely gutted by fire. He similarly transformed Heslington Church near York University, although the exposed brieze blocks and concrete lintels are not to everyone's taste.

His work was recognised in 1999 when the Archbishop of Canterbury (then George Carey) awarded him a Lambeth Degree for his contribution to Church building.[3]

Ecclesiastical buildings restored by Sims[edit]


  1. ^ "Ronald Sims". Yorkshire Post. 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  2. ^ "Sims, Ronald (1926-2007), architect | The National Archives". Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  3. ^ a b "Sims, Ronald, 1926-2007, architect - Borthwick Catalogue". Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  4. ^ Haydn Lewis Haydnpress. "Top architect left legacy of church work". York Press. Retrieved 2018-05-13.