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Sir Percy Edward Thomas OBE
OBE
(13 September 1883 – 19 August 1969) was an English architect based in Wales
Wales
for the majority of his life. He was twice RIBA
RIBA
president (1935–37 and 1943–46).

Contents

1 Biography 2 Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas
Partnership 3 References 4 Sources

Biography[edit] Percy Edward Thomas was born on 13 September 1883 in South Shields, County Durham, the son of a sea captain from Narberth in Pembrokeshire, with whom the family often travelled.[1] The family moved to Cardiff
Cardiff
during the 1890s and Captain Thomas died at sea in 1897. Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas
began work in a shipping office, but changed to a career in architecture on advice from a phrenologist.[1] In 1903 he won the architecture competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales
Wales
in Llanelli.[1] After several years working in England, he began collaborating with Ivor Jones of Cardiff, and they went into partnership in 1913.[1] During the First World War
First World War
he joined the Artists Rifles
Artists Rifles
in 1915, and served on the Western Front. After the war he returned to Cardiff.[1] He was commissioned by David Davies, 1st Baron Davies of Llandinam, to design the Temple of Peace in Cathays Park.[1] As a designer of civic buildings, such as Central Police Station, Bristol, Swansea Guildhall (1930–34), Swinton & Pendlebury Town Hall, Lancashire and Hiatt Baker Hall, Bristol (1966), he was a rival to Arthur John Hope.[citation needed] Other works by him included the campus of Aberystwyth University. He was elected president of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institute of British Architects
in 1935 (until 1937) and awarded their Royal Gold Medal
Royal Gold Medal
in 1939.[2] He was knighted in 1946. Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas
became seriously ill in 1962, retiring from the company in 1963.[1] He died on 19 August 1969. Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas
Partnership[edit] The company established by Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas
was based in Cardiff, and put its name to several landmark buildings[3] in Wales
Wales
and England, the most recent being the Wales
Wales
Millennium Centre. The practice lasted for 94 years and ultimately became known as the Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas
Partnership. In June 2004 Percy Thomas Partnership
Percy Thomas Partnership
went into administration after cancellations or delays of key projects. They were bought by the large British outsourcing company, Capita, who created a new arm of their property consultancy division called Capita Percy Thomas.[4] References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g National Library of Wales
Wales
Dictionary of Welsh Biography THOMAS, Sir PERCY EDWARD (1883–1969) ^ RIBA
RIBA
website RIBA
RIBA
Gold Medallists 1848–2008 Archived 2 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (viewed 17 October 2011) ^ Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas
Partnership, e-architect, retrieved 28 June 2010  ^ Gates, C. PFI fells Welsh giant Building Design, Issue 1630, 18 June 2004, p.1

Sources[edit]

Welsh Biography Online

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 96480883 LCCN: n85286802 ULA

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