1913 - Reginald Blomfield (1856-1942)

The Quadrant, Regent Street, London

Designer: Blomfield, Sir Reginald (1856-1942)
Copyright: Joe Low/RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection (c1990)

Reginald Blomfield studied at Oxford before being articled to his uncle, Sir Arthur Blomfield (himself a Royal Gold Medallist) and going on to study architecture in London. Amongst his friends that he made during the architectural course were Norman Shaw and William Morris.


In the 1906, Blomfield was appointed as the Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy, London, and went on to be elected President of the RIBA seven years later.


Blomfield received the medal for 'his breadth of view, his knowledge, his wide sympathies and the very high position which has maintained as a representative of the great profession of architecture.'


After the First World War, Blomfield was involved with the Imperial War Graves Commission designing cemeteries behind the Western Front. One of these was the Menin Gate, considered to be the key work of his career. Blomfield also worked with Aston Webb to design memorials in London, as well as taking sole credit for the Royal Air Force memorial on the Embankment, and the Memorial Chapel at Oundle School.


Blomfield's work in London included the remodelling of Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, the façade of the Carlton Club and Lambeth Bridge.  


Designer: Blomfield, Sir Reginald (1856-1942)
Copyright: Charles R. H. Pickard/RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection (1924)