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Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander “Bill” Allen (1914-1998)


Born at Winnipeg on 29 June 1914, son of Frank Allen and Sarah Estelle Harper, brother of Lillian Beatrice Allen and John F. Allen, he studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1936 with the University Gold Medal. He moved to England later that year, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was Chief Architect (and Deputy Head of Physics) of the Building Research Station at Garston, Principal of the Architectural Association School at London (1961-1966), and in 1962 a founding partner of the London-based architectural firm of Bickerdike, Allen & Partners. In 1977, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba. He died at Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire on 14 December 1998.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, The Independent, 23 December 1998.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2015

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