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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Derek Alfred Walter Lovejoy
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 September 1925
Died: November 2000
Bio Notes: Derek Alfred Walter Lovejoy in London was born on 16 September 1925. He was educated at St Olave's & St Saviour's Grammar School in London. His National Service between 1945 and 1948 was spent with the Royal Engineers. Lovejoy reached the rank of Lieutenant. After his National Service he tooka course at Pitman's College in general administration. From 1940-46 he studied for the diploma in architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic during part of which time he worked as senior architectural assistant with Holborn Borough Council. From 1947-48 he took the full-time town planning course at the School of Planning and Research for Regional Development in London.

He was elected ARIBA in 1949. From 1949-51 Lovejoy studied at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Harvard while at the same time practising as a landscape architect with Shurcliff & Shurcliff in Boston. He returned to the UK in 1951 and spent a year as architect and planner working with the LCC on Stepney & Poplar Central Development Area.

In 1952 he moved to West Ham Borough Council as chief town planning assistant and two years later he moved again to Crawley New Town as architect and chief landscape architect. In 1957 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Department of Architecture, Brixton School of Building in which post he stayed for a year. He was awarde a number of prized during his years of study and beyond: in 1952 the RIBA Hunt Prize for housing and planning; in 1956 a Gold Medal for gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show; in 1962 a Civic Trust Prize for environmental design for the Wates Housing Scheme, Alton Lodge, Roehampton.

Lovejoy formed his own practice Derek Lovejoy & Associates in the early 1960s. It was still operating under this name when he was elected FRIBA in 1968, proposed by G H Jellicoe, G M Langley-Smith and G A Gollans (?). In the 1960s he was also elected a fellow of the TPI , an fellow of the Institute of Landscape Architects and a Fellow of the RSA. In 1966 he won the competition for laying out the Town Moor Newcastle and was awarded a prize of 2000 along with the contract for the work estimated at 1m.

Lovejoy died in November 2000.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Link House, Dingwall Avenue, Croydon, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1968  
Item 2 of 2Cumberlands/10, Kenley Lane, Kenley, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1968 *  

* 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 6Holborn Borough Council19411946Senior Assistant 
Item 2 of 6Shurcliff & Shurcliff1950 Landscape architect 
Item 3 of 6London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19511952ArchitectArchitect and planner
Item 4 of 6West Ham Borough Council Architect's Department19521954Chief Assistantin Town Planning
Item 5 of 6Crawley Borough Council19541957Chief ArchitectArchitect and Chief Landscape Architect
Item 6 of 6Derek Lovejoy & Associates1962 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2G A Jellicoe16 September 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Gerald Michael Langley-Smith16 September 1968For Fellowship

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 21972Norie-Miller ParkPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 2 of 21974Palacerigg Countryside Park, reception-exhibition centreCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no6506 (Combined Box 142)


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