Basic Biographical Details

Name: Maurice Kenfield
Designation: Architect
Born: 1925
Died: July 2006
Bio Notes: Maurice Kenfield was born in 1925. He worked as an assistant with Trehearn & Norman from 1929-51 moving as senior assistant to Gotch & Partners in the latter year. In 1953, the year of his election as ARIBA, he moved again, this time to Beard & Wilkins as project architect but in 1954 he was appointed chief company architect of Harrods. He remained with Harrods for about 12 years but the year 1966-67 was spent in Canada working on a hospital project with the practice Mathews & Haldenby but his knowledge of stores led to his being put in charge of a large shopping project.

He returned to the United Kingdom in 1967 to the post of chief company architect of British Home Stores. In this post he was responsible for the design and construction of all new sites and alterations and additions to existing stores for the company.

He was elected FRIBA in 1969, proposed by Robert Hogg Matthew, Kenneth Edward Graham and Walter Edward Forrest. At the time of his election the new Edinburgh store for BHS had just been completed in conjunction with RMJM. In his Nomination Paper a representative from RMJM commented that Kenfield had been 'most helpful in supporting and assisting us to carry out this commission'.

Kenfield died in Redbridge, Essex in July 2006.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Marleybone House/129-157, Marylebone Road, London, EnglandBusiness1967  
Item 2 of 2Red Tiles/17, Denehurst Gardens, Woodford Wells, Essex, EnglandPrivate1969  

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 6Alfred Frederick Aldridge Trehearne and Charles Frederick Norman19491951Assistant 
Item 2 of 6Gotch & Partners19511953Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Beard, Bennett & Wilkins19531954ArchitectProject architect
Item 4 of 6Harrods Architectural Department19541966Chief Architect 
Item 5 of 6Mathers & Haldenby19661967Architect 
Item 6 of 6British Home Stores Architects Department1967 Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Walter Edward Forrest1969For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Kenneth Edward Graham1969For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Robert Hogg Matthew1969For 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 11964British Home Stores, Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandAs British Home Stores Company architect.


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 PapersF no 6612 (Box 149)