Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Plaistow Crease
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 July 1928
Bio Notes: David Plaistow Crease was born on 22 July 1928. He studied at the University of Cambridge School of Architecture where he took the intermediate degree course but had to apply elsewhere for the completion of his degree and he spent two final years at Edinburgh College of Art. He was the Bannister Fletcher medallist (essays) in 1951. He was awarded the diploma in 1953 and was elected ARIBA on 8 December 1953, his proposers being W Parker Dyson, William Innes Thomson and Bernard A Hebeler. He was elected ARIAS th following year.

He remained in Edinburgh after graduation and worked as a structural engineering assistant with Thomas Harley Haddow from 1953-55. He subsequently became a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (after qualification?). In 1955 he moved to a post in the Public Works Department in Hong Kong where he remained until 1959. He then spent a year working with Ian Fraser & Associates in London followed by a period with Novacap, the practice of Oscar Niemeyer, in Brasilia. He subsequently opened his own practice in Brasilia, remaining there until 1963. In 1964 Crease returned to the United Kingdom to a post as Research Fellow in the Design Unit at the University of York. From 1966 until 1981 he was chief architect there. He was elected FRIBA on 3 June 1970, his proposers being Patrick Nuttgens, A G Derbyshire, and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall.

His post as chief architect involved some research and lecturing duties along with administration of the Unit's expenditure and income. During his tenure of this post the Unit won three medals and a Civic Trust Award for housing developments in Yorkshire. He opened business on his own account in York in 1981, again specialising in housing but also undertaking some interior design work as well. He has won a number of awards for his work.

Outwith his professional life he enjoys hunting the clean boot (human scent) with bloodhounds and is an active member of the Liberal Democrats, having served as chairman of the Ryedale Constituency from 1998-2001.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5246, Eden Way, Beckenham, Kent, EnglandPrivate1953 Home address (permanent address?)
Item 2 of 522, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19531955 
Item 3 of 510, Henderson Row, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1954 *  
Item 4 of 544, Aldwark, York, EnglandPrivate1970 *  
Item 5 of 5York Univeristy Design Unit/King's Manor, York, EnglandBusiness1970  

* 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 6Andrew George Derbyshire3 June 1970For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6William Parker Dyson8 December 1953For Associateship
Item 3 of 6Bernard A Hebeler8 December 1953For Associateship
Item 4 of 6Stirrat Andrew William Johnson-Marshall3 June 1970For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Patrick John Nuttgens3 June 1970For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6William Innes Thomson8 December 1953For Associateship


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no15321; F no7073 (Combined Box 173)