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SUMMERLEY, Horace Gordon

Born: 1911 08 02

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 621
Year registered: 1936

DipArch 1936 (Witwatersrand)

Was probably born in South Africa; he studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, qualifying in 1935, and graduating with a Diploma in Architecture in March 1936. Throughout the period he was studying at the university, he was working as first assistant and then chief assistant to DL NURCOMBE. He became a partner in the firm (cf. NURCOMBE & SUMMERLEY) in March 1936. The first major building of the partnership was the Chrysler Building, Johannesburg (1936). Summerley enlisted for active service during the Second World War, serving in the Engineering Corps. He returned to practice and the partnership after the war. The practice remained in Johannesburg and was responsible for some outstanding buildings 'not only for their size but competency in handling such large mass achieving monumental form in Chrysler Building' (Herbert 1975:268).

ISAA 1936; ARIBA 1946. (ARIBA nom papers (1946) 8632; ISAA mem list)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing SUMMERLEY

Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 268

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 97, 191

ISAA. 1969. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1968-1969 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1968-1969. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 101, 134