Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alfred Arden Wood |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||2 September 1926 |
|Died: ||December 1995 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alfred Arden Wood was born on 8 September 1926 in Harrogate and was educated at Ashville College and Harrogate Grammar School. From 8 September 1943 he studied for the diploma in architecture and the diploma in town planning at Leeds. His studies were interrupted by war service in 1944. He served as an officer in the Tank Corps until 1948 and must have had a distinguished military career as he was awarded a TD. After demobilisation he read history at Hertford College, Oxford. He then studied architecture at Leeds School of Architecture and Planning and graduated with the diploma in architecture on July 1952. During his student years he spent six months in Sweden and Denmark and in 1952 directly after graduation, he spent a further three months in Stockholm’s city department. He was elected ARIBA in 1953, his proposers being W A Eden, J A Fowler and another (indecipherable). |
In 1953 he returned to Britain and took a position as assistant architect with Harlaw Development Corporation, followed in 1955 by a post as architect with West Riding County Council. In 1957 he moved to a post as principal architect with Leeds City Council. While in Leeds he took a course in town planning and obtained a diploma with distinction in 1960. In 1960 he returned to Sweden and Denmark for three weeks and in 1964 he spent a similar period in the United States. He also made a lecture and study tour in the United States in 1967.
In 1961 he became Chief Architect (Housing) with Glasgow Corporation. In this post he was responsible for the design and construction of 4,000 homes, high and low-rise high density developments. He was elected ARIAS in 1962.
He was assumed into partnership by Jack Holmes in 1963 where he gained a wide experience in building. In 1965 he took the post of city planning officer in Norwich where he pioneered the pedestrianized centre to free shopping streets of noisy fume-laden traffic jams. He received a Civic Trust Award for his achievements in Norwich. In 1968 he was elected FRIBA, his proposers being F Chippendale, Jack Coia and Bernard Feilden.
Wood left Norwich in 1972 and moved to Hereford and Worcester for two years followed by the appointment as chief planner for the West Midlands Metropolitan County Council, based in Birmingham until 1984.
Wood served on the Historic Buildings Council and in 1985 headed the Historic Areas at English Heritage. He was also visiting professor at Harvard and at Belgium’s Leuven University and acted as adviser to the Council of Europe in Strasburg. In 1987 he was living in Worcestershire. He retired from ill-health in 1987 and the following year he was appointed CBE.
He died in Malvern in late 1995, predeceased by his wife but survived by his son.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Flat 4/Southfield/107, Station Road, Harrogate, England||Private||1953 *|| || |
|Elmslea/431, Crow Road, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1962|| || |
|City Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, England||Business||c. 1970|| || |
|1, Lancaster Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, England||Business||c. 1979|| || |
|Hewell Lodge, Tardebrigge, Worcestershire, England||Private||c. 1987|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press||p143|
|Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan||1994||Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland|| ||Yale University Press: New Haven and London||p226, p320, p368, p405: Springburn Area B|
|RIBA||1964||The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64|| || || |
|RIBA||1979||Directory of members|| || || |
|RIBA||1987||RIBA Directory of Members 1987|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|The Times||26 December 1995|| || ||p17|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Interview with Yvonne Hillyard, RIAS February 2014.||Information from M Kirsteen Borland|| || |
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no14677; F no 5951 (Combined Box 110)|