Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arne Gunnar Frolich
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 November 1901
Died: 1982
Bio Notes: Arne Gunnar Frolich was born on 26 November 1901, presumably in Norway, and attended the State School of Arts & Crafts in Oslo from 1923 to 1925. In the latter year he obtained employment as chief assistant architect to Nordviken Bruk Hamar. Two years later he left that post to study for two years at Glasgow School of Architecture.

In 1929 he was appointed draughtsman to A A R McKinlay MIA, of whom no details are known. The following year he took up a position as chief assistant to Geoffrey Eustace Le Sueur of Durban, South Africa. After three years in that office he undertook a year's formal study in Durban, before joining L T Obel of the same city as chief assistant. He passed Part I of the Special Final in Durban in 1936, and Part II in 1937, while still in Obel's office. He was admitted ARIBA on 4 April 1938, his proposers being Ernest Marston Powers, James Wallace Paton and Godfrey Thomas Hurst.

Frolich resigned his RIBA membership in 1980, at which time he was still practising in Durban.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 247 Norfolk Road, Durban, Natal, South AfricaPrivate1938 *  
Item 2 of 231-32 Oamam Buildings, Smith Street, Durban, Natal, South AfricaBusiness1938 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Alfred Arthur Richard McKinlay19291930Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 3Geoffrey Eustace Le Sueur19301933Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 3L T Obel19341937Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Godfrey Thomas Hurst4 April 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Wallace Paton4 April 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Ernest Marston Powers4 April 1938for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsAccessed July 2010

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6767 (combined box 159)