Architecture students and alumni celebrate 90 years of The Doric Club

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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Architecture students and staff past and present will come together to celebrate the 90th anniversary of The Doric Club at a special reunion event this Friday 2 June.

Founded in 1927, The Doric Club was created by a group of young, enthusiastic architects in Oxford to promote architecture with other aspiring architects in the city. Shortly after the Club was formed, a room was set aside on the second floor of a timber-framed building in Turl Street, and the original School of Architecture was born.

Matt Gaskin, Head of the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, said: “The School of Architecture is stronger than ever, with alumni succeeding all around the world. We will hear the unique individual journey of our alumni at this reunion. Through the book and the new School of Architecture Scholarship this anniversary will enable alumni to make a real impact on the lives of students of architecture.” 

The reunion will also see the launch of a newly published book on the history of The Doric Club entitled Doric Club and the Oxford School of Architecture. The book has been written by Professor Byron Mikellides, Emeritus Professor of the Place, Culture and Identity Research Group from Oxford Brookes’ School of Architecture.

Byron said: “The aim of the book is to provide nostalgic memories and reflections from both staff and students that I have collected over the past 50 years to coincide with our celebration of 90 years since the formation of the Doric Club in 1927 and the birth of the Oxford School of Architecture in 1929.

The aim of the book is to provide nostalgic memories and reflections from both staff and students that I have collected over the past 50 years to coincide with our celebration of 90 years since the formation of the Doric Club in 1927 and the birth of the Oxford School of Architecture in 1929.

Professor Byron Mikellides, Emeritus Professor, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

“It includes over 30 original contributions and over 100 colour photos of life, events, reunions, historical achievements from the 1920s when the School started with three students in Broad Street, to the life and future aspirations today in the new John Henry Brookes Building up the hill with over 800 students.”

The book includes chapters by the Oxford School of Architecture’s first two students, Jasmeen Lari - Pakistan’s first woman architect, John Assael - Architect of the Year 2016 and one of this year’s Honorary Graduates of Oxford Brookes University, plus photos and extracts of notable Doric Club members including Reginald Cave, William Taylor, Betty Hill, Tom Porter, John Henry Brookes and Jimmy Cox.

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The book will be on sale at the event and on the University’s online shop.

As well as giving guided tours of the John Henry Brookes Building, current Architecture students will also unveil their Architecture End of Year Show 2017. The exhibition is a showcase of undergraduate and postgraduate work from year and will be on public display in The Glass Tank until Monday 5 June.

Oxford Brookes University has recently established the Oxford School of Architecture Scholarship Fund which will support high-achieving students from underprivileged backgrounds to study full-time for Part 2 of their architect’s qualifications.

More information about supporting this Scholarship Fund and the University more widely can be found on the Brookes because… webpages.