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Donald Hanks McMorran RA (3 March 1904 – 6 August 1965) was an English architect who is known today for his sensitive continuation of the neo-Georgian and classical tradition in the period after the Second World War. His buildings include halls of residence at Nottingham University, Wood Street Police Station in the City of London, public housing schemes around London, the South Block extension to the Old Bailey
Old Bailey
and civic buildings in Exeter
Exeter
and Bury St Edmunds. McMorran was a Master of the Art Workers Guild
Art Workers Guild
in 1956 and was elected to the Royal Academy
Royal Academy
in 1962. His work is characterised by carefully chosen materials, well-detailed and handsomely proportioned facades with minimal classical detail, showing the influence in particular of the work of John Soane. There is also a strong sense of aesthetic opposition to the bulk of the Modern Movement
Modern Movement
work of the same period. McMorran was, however, not narrow-minded in his attitude to the Modern Movement, and as assessor in the City of London's Golden Lane housing competition he awarded first place to the young Modernists, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

Cripps Hall at Nottingham University

South Block of the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)

County Hall holding Devon County Council
Devon County Council
in Exeter

References[edit]

Edward Denison, Twentieth Century Architects: McMorran and Whitby London: RIBA Publishing, 2009 A. Peter Fawcett & Neil Jackson, Campus critique: the architecture of the University of Nottingham Nottingham: University of Nottingham, 1998

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 102996256 ISNI: 0000 0000 8171 3483 SUDOC: 140540474 ULAN: 500249856

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