Lubetkin and me - John Allan

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Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street, South Yarra

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This talk by Lubetkin’s biographer, John Allan, will offer an illustrated survey of the Russian architect’s remarkable career and distinctive personal vision, together with an account of John Allan’s direct experiences of restoring some of Lubetkin’s best-known works. Early booking advised due to limited ticket numbers.

This event is supported by the Macgeorge Bequest.


John Allan embarked on his architectural career at the Greater London Council (1971-73), then spent ten years at the practice of Shepheard, Epstein & Hunter before joining Avanti Architects as a Director in 1983.

There he has led Avanti’s Modern Movement conservation projects and studies, working on listed buildings by Lubetkin; Lasdun; Goldfinger; Patrick Gwynne; Connell, Ward & Lucas; Wells Coates and Maxwell Fry. He authored the Listed Building Management Guidelines for the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates for The City of London.His new build work has included healthcare projects, schools and housing. He has served on several English Heritage committees and was a Project Enabler at CABE, 1999- 2007.

He was founding Chairman of DoCoMoMo-UK 1989-91 and is the author of the award-winning biography Berthold Lubetkin – Architecture and the tradition of progress, now in its 2nd edition. He is a member of the Finsbury Health Centre Preservation Trust and Chairman of the Isokon Gallery Trust at Lawn Road.