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Reginald Harold Uren F RIBA
RIBA
(5 March 1906 – 17 February 1988) was a New Zealand-born architect who worked in the United Kingdom for most of his career.

Contents

1 Life and work 2 Legacy 3 References 4 External links

Life and work[edit] Uren was born in Petone, North Island
North Island
on 5 March 1906,[1] the son of Richard Ellis Uren and Christina Uren.[2] He qualified as an architect in New Zealand in 1929, before moving to Britain to further his career; working his passage as a greaser in the engine room of a steamer to do so.[2] He married Dorothy Morgan in 1930 and the couple had one daughter.[2] In Britain, Uren briefly studied architect at the Bartlett School, University College London and under Charles Holden.[1][3] He became an Associate Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institute of British Architects
in 1931.[1] In 1933, he won the architectural competition to design Hornsey Town Hall against a field of 281 entries.[1] The town hall was his first major commission in Britain and one of the first large modernist designs constructed in the country, showing influences of Dutch and Swedish architecture of the period.[2][4] The design was well received and Uren was awarded the RIBA
RIBA
London Architecture Medal for 1935.[5]

The Oxford Street
Oxford Street
store of John Lewis

In 1936, Uren became a partner in the practice of Slater, Moberley & Uren; later Slater, Uren and Pike.[1][2] The practice specialised in the design of department stores including the Oxford Street store of John Lewis (1955) and the extension of Peter Jones in Sloane Square
Sloane Square
(1966).[2] He also designed the Arthur Sanderson & Sons Building (1958, now the Sanderson Hotel) in Berners Street.[1] For the London Passenger Transport Board's 1930s extensions of the Piccadilly and Northern lines, Uren worked with Charles Holden
Charles Holden
on the design of two new station buildings at Rayners Lane (1938) and Finchley Central (unbuilt).[6] Other public buildings designed by Uren include the Granada Cinema at Woolwich
Woolwich
(1937, with Cecil Masey
Cecil Masey
and Theodore Komisarjevsky), St George's Swimming Pools in Shadwell
Shadwell
(1965) and Norfolk County Hall (1966).[7][8][9] Uren retired from practice in 1967 and returned to New Zealand where he died in 1988.[2] Legacy[edit] A number of Uren's commissions are recognised as architecturally significant and are listed for protection against uncontrolled alteration. Hornsey Town Hall, the Sanderson Building and the Granada Cinema in Woolwich
Woolwich
are listed Grade II* and Rayners Lane station is listed Grade II.[3][10][11][12] References[edit]

^ a b c d e f "Uren, Reginald Harold". Who Was Who. A & C Black/Oxford University Press. April 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014. (subscription required) ^ a b c d e f g "Obituary: Mr Reginald Uren
Reginald Uren
– Pioneer architect from New Zealand". The Times
The Times
(63067). The Times
The Times
Digital Archive. 28 April 1988. p. 16. Retrieved 31 October 2014. (subscription required) ^ a b Historic England. " Sanderson Hotel
Sanderson Hotel
(formerly Sanderson House) (1248457)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2014.  ^ "Design for Hornsey Town Hall". The Times
The Times
(46574). The Times
The Times
Digital Archive. 13 October 1933. p. 9. Retrieved 31 October 2014. (subscription required) ^ " Hornsey Town Hall
Hornsey Town Hall
– Award of RIBA
RIBA
Bronze Medal". The Times (47372). The Times
The Times
Digital Archive. 12 May 1936. p. 13. Retrieved 31 October 2014. (subscription required) ^ Karol, Eitan (2007). Charles Holden: Architect. Shaun Tyas. pp. 481–484. ISBN 978-1-900289-81-8.  ^ Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1994) [1952]. London 2: South. Pevsner Architectural Guides. Yale University Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-300-09651-4.  ^ Cherry, Bridget; O'Brien, Charles; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004) [1952]. London 5: East. Pevsner Architectural Guides. Yale University Press. p. 482. ISBN 978-0-300-10701-2.  ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Wilson, Bill (2002) [1962]. Norfolk 2: North-west and South. Pevsner Architectural Guides. Yale University Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-300-09657-6.  ^ Historic England. "Granada Cinema (1212651)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2014.  ^ Historic England. " Hornsey Town Hall
Hornsey Town Hall
(1263688)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2014.  ^ Historic England. "Rayners Lane station (1261430)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 

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