About The architecture of Robin Boyd
This group is for images of the architecture of Robin Boyd. Let's see your photos of Boyd's houses and buildings, events held at his houses and buildings, even scans of old postcards, leaflets and plans.
Robin Boyd (1919–1971) was born and educated in Melbourne. He was a distinguished architect, writer and social commentator and throughout the 1940s and 1950s was Australia’s leading proponent of the modern movement. Boyd held a lifelong interest in modern architecture tempered by regional concerns and was a leading practitioner of the post-war Melbourne regional style. The suburban house was often the focus of Boyd’s efforts, both in design and writing, and he enjoyed relatively few opportunities to design major buildings.
Boyd was the first Director of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects Small Homes Service from 1947–1953 and from 1948 was the editor of this service for The Age newspaper, where he also wrote weekly articles. The service provided designs of inexpensive houses, which attempted to incorporate modern architectural aesthetics and functional planning and were sold to the public for a small fee. Boyd became a household name throughout Victoria as a result of this exposure. In 1952 he published Australia’s Homes, an influential study of modernist architecture in Australia. In 1953 he designed ‘The Peninsula’, perhaps Australia’s first project home.
In 1953 Boyd, Frederick Romberg (1910–1992) and Roy Grounds (1905–1981) formed a partnership. The practice became a leading Melbourne architectural firm, where the three partners produced their own designs and sometimes shared supervision work when one of them was travelling. Although the original intention was to collaborate on commissions, they generally worked on their own designs within the partnership, which lasted until 1962.
For more information:
Boyd biography at canberrahouse
Boyd Homes Group
Boyd's Baker House
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