Basic Biographical Details

Name: Barbara Joan Osmond (Mrs Boissevain)
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 July 1922
Died: 13 March 2010
Bio Notes: Barbara Joan Osmond was born on 14 July 1922 in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire. From September 1941 to July 1945 she took the diploma course at Regent Street Polytechnic. She sat the final exams in July 1945 and the professional practice exam in December of that year. In August 1945 she had joined the practice of Johnson & Crabtree in London as assistant. She was elected ARIBA in 1946, her proposers being Basil Spence, William Crabtree and J Kenneth Wheeler.

In early 1947 she married another architect, Paul Boissevain, who was Dutch and did not join the RIBA. They were married in Eton, Buckinghamshire. She retired from full-time practice before 1988 and resigned from the RIBA 1989.

She died on 13 March 2010, survived by her husband, her children and her grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Somerville, Duffield Park, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, ScotlandPrivate1946 *  

* 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 2Johnson & Crabtree1946 Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Boissevain & Osmond1970 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Crabtree7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Basil Urwin Spence7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 3 of 3J Kenneth Wheeler7 May 1946For 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 24 Friday HouseFriday Street, near Dorking SurreyEngland 
Item 2 of 24 Loading TerminalGrangemouth StirlingshireScotlandWith George Davie Crawford & Partners, engineers
Item 3 of 24 WadersBosham SussexEngland 
Item 4 of 241957KitlandsWalton on the Hill SurreyEngland 
Item 5 of 241957Sydney Opera House  SydneyAustraliaPlaced 3rd in competition
Item 6 of 24c. 1958BroadsideHampstead LondonEngland 
Item 7 of 241959Deaf and Dumb InstituteLangside GlasgowScotland1st award in competition for new college - see details under 'construction/design events'
Item 8 of 241961The RedingsTotteridge Common LondonEngland 
Item 9 of 241963Adelphi Secondary School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 241964Douglas AcademyMilngavie GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 241965Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre  LondonEnglandIst prize
Item 12 of 241965Offices factory and showrooms for Merchant Adventurers Company Factory Feltham LondonEngland 
Item 13 of 241966Notre Dame Girl's SchoolDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 14 of 241967Our Lady and St Patrick's High SchoolDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 15 of 241968Curnock Street housing for the Borough of CamdenCamden LondonEngland 
Item 16 of 241968James Watt Technical CollegeGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 17 of 241968North Ayrshire District General HospitalCrosshouse, Kilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 241969Argyll & Bute HospitalLochgilphead ArgyllScotlandin progress
Item 19 of 241969Warehouses  GlasgowScotlandIn progress
Item 20 of 24c. 1969Ruchill Hospital for Infectious Diseases  GlasgowScotlandLaundry added.
Item 21 of 241970House, Blackmoor FarmOckham SurreyEngland 
Item 22 of 24Before 1975Installations for Shell & BPBuncefield HertfordshireEngland 
Item 23 of 24Before 1975National Gallery extension  LondonEnglandCompetition design - placed 2nd
Item 24 of 24Before 1975Post-graduate residential housing, Emmanuel CollegeCambridge CambridgeshireEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Times1 April 2010  Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of the Boissevain's daughter, Ros Bardi.Information via 'Contact Us' on website Sebt May 2015
Item 2 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers1946/05/07For Associateship
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8680 (Combined Box 215)