Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Boissevain & Osmond |
|Designation: ||Architectural practice |
|Started: || |
|Ended: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Paul Boissevain and Barbara Osmond were a husband and wife partnership. |
Paul Boissevain was born on 19 December 1922 at Hilversum, Netherlands. He retained Dutch nationality all his life and did not join the RIBA. He married fellow architect Barbara Joan Osmond in Eton, Buckinghamshire in early 1947. The practice actually began in 1947 in Dublin as there was no work in the UK after the Second World War. Boissevain returned to the UK to teach at the AA in the session 1950-51 but it is not yet clear how long he continued teaching there. His first client was Shell for whom he designed refineries.
Paul Boissevain had two brothers (Walter, 1920-2005) and Roland 1931-2007) who ran the Merchant Adventurers Company (it is not yet clear what range of appliances this company manufactured in the mid-1960s). It was very much a family business: Walter Boissevain, its managing director, was also in charge of design and development; his brother Roland Boissevain was director in charge of marketing; Paul Boissevain acts as a consultant designer to the company.
The Head Office of this practice was in Epsom, Surrey with a branch office in Glasgow.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Kings Shade Walk, Epsom, Surrey, England|| || || || |
|2, Field Court, Gray's Inn, WC1, England||Business||1959(?)|| || |
|Kimberley House, Somerset Place, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1970||1979|| |
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architectural practice:|
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|Walker, Frank Arneil||1986||South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew|| || ||p130|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||9 January 1959|| || ||'College of Further Education, Glasgow: Competition Results' p49; same title in same issue, pp56-59 includes illustrations of winning design (by this firm) and winner's report (pp56-57)|
|Builder||20 March 1964|| || ||p640|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:|
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|Courtesy of the Boissevain's daughter, Ros Bardi.||Information via 'Contact Us' on website|| ||Sent May 2015|