Sam Scorer

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Sam Scorer
Born 2 March 1923
Died 6 March 2003
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and the Architectural Association
Occupation Architect
Practice Scorer and Bright and Partners
Buildings Markham Moor Little Chef
Design Hyperbolic paraboloids

Hugh Segar "Sam" Scorer FRSA (2 March 1923 - 6 March 2003) was an architect from Lincolnshire.

Early life[edit]

He was brought up in Lincoln, one of five children. His father was a senior partner in a firm of solicitors, and later became clerk to Lindsey County Council. His mother was a lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste College, a teacher training college. He went to the independent Repton School in south Derbyshire, where he became Head Boy, and excelled at drawing.

He read Mechanical Sciences at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1941, and enjoyed painting as well. He volunteered for the Fleet Air Arm and met his wife in Canada, when training to be a pilot. He served as a fighter pilot until 1945, but was invalided out of service, having attempted to land on a moving carrier in the Baltic Sea.

Combining his interest in artwork and mechanical design, he decided to become an architect. He entered the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in the second year in 1946, and graduated in 1949. He changed his name by statutory declaration to Sam.


St John the Baptist's Church, Ermine, built in 1963, with its east window designed by Keith New
Markham Moor Little Chef

He worked for a year as assistant to George Grey Wornum. In 1950, he began work for Denis Clarke Hall (son of Edna Clarke Hall). Clarke Hall designed two Lincolnshire schools in the early 1950s. His consultancy firm, Denis Clarke Hall, Scorer and Bright and Partners, based on Lindum Terrace in Lincoln, began in 1954. They did a lot of work for county council buildings (new schools).

He designed these schools:

He was the Chairman of the RIBA East Midlands planning committee. He was the first Chairman of the East Midlands Group of The Victorian Society. In 2000 he founded The Gallery, now known as the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln.

Hyperbolic paraboloid structures[edit]

These structures were built with the engineer Dr K. Hajnal-Kónyi:

Personal life[edit]

Brayford Pool restaurant

He married Anna Humphrey in 1943. They had a son and a daughter (who died in April 1986). He lived on Gibraltar Hill in Lincoln.

He died in Lincoln County Hospital in March 2003, aged 80.



  • Times Obituary, April 9, 2003, page 30

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