Basic Biographical Details

Name: Sydney George Follett
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 October 1883
Died: 1968
Bio Notes: Sydney George Follett was born on 28 October 1883 and was articled to Hippolyte Jean Blanc from 1899 to 1904, remaining for a further two years after completing his apprenticeship. During this period he studied at Edinburgh School of Art and won a number of prizes, including the Queen's Prize for freehand drawing in 1900, the King's Prize for architectural design in 1904 and a travelling scholarship in 1906 which enabled him to spend four months touring Northern Italy. On his return he joined Robert Rowand Anderson, then in partnership with Arthur Forman Balfour Paul, as a draughtsman. He won the Pugin Studentship in 1908 and in the same year moved to London to work as a draughtsman to Edwin Landseer Lutyens.

He emigrated to Argentina in 1910, obtaining a post in the office of Eustace Lauriston Conder in Buenos Aires. Conder took him into partnership in 1919. The precise name of the firm from that time is unclear; it is possible that Follett's name was not included in the practice title. Their practice consisted of commercial, bank, institutional, hospital and ecclesiastical architecture.

He was elected FRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being Conder, James Smith of Buenos Aires, and James Westbrook Farmer, whom he had met in Lutyens' office and with whom he appears to have formed a partnership. At that time Follett's office was at 666 Cangallo, Buenos Aires.

Follett died in 1968.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2666, Cangallo, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBusiness1930 *  
Item 2 of 23119, Pampa, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPrivate1930 *  

* 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 6Hippolyte Jean Blanc18991904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Hippolyte Jean Blanc19041906Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Rowand Anderson & Paul19061908Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 6Edwin Landseer Lutyens19081910Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 6Eustace Lauriston Conder19101919Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 6Conder & Follett1919 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Eustace Lauriston ConderEarly 1931for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3James Westbrook FarmerEarly 1931for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3James SmithEarly 1931for Fellowship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building10 May 1968v214 p85 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RCHMERCHME Measured Drawings Collection  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no2882 (box 13)