Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Rolf Koren |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||28 May 1920 |
|Died: ||January 1999 or February 1999 |
|Bio Notes: ||Rolf Koren was born on 28 May 1920. He studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, from September 1938, working in the office of Oldrieve, Bell & Paterson in the summer of 1939 and taking the intermediate exam in June 1941. His studies were then interrupted by war service. He returned to ECA in October/November 1945, and passed the final exam to obtain his diploma in June 1947. That summer he made a tour of Scandinavia, and from September that year until June 1948 he undertook a course in Town Planning at ECA. At some point during his studies, he worked for Thomas McCrae. |
He was admitted ARIBA on 7 July 1948, his proposer being William Innes Thomson (who had been on the ECA staff), James A H Mottram and John Ross McKay. Two months later, he joined the Department of Health for Scotland as a planning assistant.
In January 1949 he left for Singapore, where he found a post as architectural assistant for the Singapore Improvement Trust. He left this post in June 1952 to be taken into partnership by E E Keen & Partners, also in Singapore, in July. His work involved housing estates, private houses, factories and other industrial projects, interior decoration, and religious buildings. He was elected FRIBA on 21 June 1960, proposed by William Irving Watson, Henry L Blomfield and James Kirkwood.
By 1970 he had moved to Melbourne, Australia where he was working with Eggleston, Macdonald & Secomb. He remained with the latter firm until at least 1987.
He died in January or February of 1999. 'Architecture Australia' reported his death.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|7, Laverockbank Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1948|| || |
|The Arcade, Singapore, Singapore||Business||1953 *|| || |
|Bank of China Building, Battery Road, Singapore, Singapore||Business||1960 *|| || |
|142B, Ford Avenue, Singapore, Singapore|| ||1960 *|| || |
|2, Chesterfield Avenue, Malvern, Melbourne, Australia||Private(?)||1970 *||After 1987|| |
|215, Grattan Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia||Business||Before 1979||After 1987||offices of Eggleston Macdonald Secomb|
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1948||The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1961||Kalendar 1960-61|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1987||RIBA Directory of Members 1987|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no9834 (stored under F5463); F no5463 (combined box 80)|