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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Grey Wornum
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 April 1888
Died: 11 June 1957
Bio Notes: George Grey Wornum was born in London on 17 April 1888, presumably a relative of Ralph Selden Wornum, to whom he was articled from 1906 to 1909. In the latter year he moved to the office of Simpson & Ayrton as assistant. He commenced independent practice in London the following year. He served during the war, 1914-1918, being wounded in the leg and losing his right eye (Builder). He worked in partnership with Philip Dalton Hepworth from 1919 and with Louis de Soissons from c.1921 to 1930. Thereafter he practised alone, although collaborating with, among others, P G Freeman, E Maxwell Fry, A C Tripe, Lionel S Smith and possibly Arthur William Kenyon. At the end of the Second World War he entered into partnership with Edward Playne. This partnership lasted until Wornum's death in New York on 11 June 1957. At some point Wornum had practised in San Francisco (since 1945, per Builder).

Wornum was the president of the AA in 1930-31, and was a member of the RIBA council in 1935. He married Miriam Alice Gerstle of San Francisco in 1923 and had a son and two daughters. His publications included 'Housing, a European Survey' for the Building Centre, and 'House out of Factory, ' with John Gloag. (last paragraph info. from Builder)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3London, EnglandBusiness   
Item 2 of 3San Francisco, California, United States of AmericaBusiness   
Item 3 of 3New York, New York, United States of AmericaBusiness   

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 2Ralph Selden Wornum19061909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Simpson & Ayrton19091910Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Cecil Stewart19321934Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Cecil Stewart19351936 or 1937Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Alan ReiachAfter 19361938Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Alexander Buchanan Campbell19381940Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Agnes Mary Drysdale (generally known as Mary Drysdale, later Mrs Freeman)9 February 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 5William Fowler Howitt5 April 1949For Associateship
Item 3 of 5Basil Ionides11 May 1931for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 5Cecil Stewart22 June 1936for Associateship
Item 5 of 5Anthony Charles Tripe3 December 1934for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11932RIBA Headquarters  LondonEnglandWon competition and secured job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder21 June 1957  Obituary, p1115


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