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COOMBE-DAVIS, Geoffrey

Born: 1932 06 26

Architect


Geoffrey COOMBE-DAVIS was born in Port Elizabeth, son to the architect Ernest Albert COOMBE-DAVIS (1900-1960). He received his high schooling at Grey High School, Port Elizabeth. In 1948 Geoffrey did his articles for which his father had to sign indemnity for any mistakes he made as well as paying one Pound per month until he wrote his technical and design exams. Geoffrey left school in 1957 and did an Art Teachers course at the then Technical College in 1950. Geoffrey's University education was at the then University of Port Elizabeth where he graduated with a B. Build, thereafter a BArch in 1977.

Geoffrey's early practice experience was with the firms STREETER and VOS, thereafter Barry PIGOTT, before leaving for Salisbury in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1956 to assist John GAULDIE and Partners (about 1957), which, with Robert COLE BOWEN, who had immigrated there, joining their practice became GAULDIE, KNIGHT and COLE-BOWEN and with the departure of KNIGHT for Australia in 1962, GAULDIE and COLE-BOWEN. COOMBE-DAVIS remained there until 1965, when he returned to Port Elizabeth as an Architectural Assistant to Barry PIGGOT.

COOMBE-DAVIS has been a part-time lecturer in Construction at the NMU School of Architecture.

Geoffrey married Hilary Elaine Unsworth from Liverpool in the United Kingdom while working in Salisbury and they have three children, Cheryl, Grant and Barry.