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HAMLIN, Ralph Pitt

Born: 1911 02 22
Died: 1991

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 589
Year registered: 1935

NPIA; ARIBA 1935

Hamlin, probably born in South Africa, was apprenticed to WG MOFFAT in Durban from 1 April 1929 but after a year went to London to study at the Architectural Association where he completed the five-year course, graduating with Honours in 1934. While in London he worked in the offices of Gotch & Saunders and PJ Westwood & Sons, F/ARIBA, travelling to most of the European countries including Hungary and 'Slovakia' in his leave.

In 1935 he returned to Durban, practising in Durban with offices in Alcock House, West Street; he won the $ 950 house category in the Natal Daily News Ideal Homes competition 1937/1938. HERBERT notes Hamlin as among those producing 'modern work of quality' with his Natal Organic Industries Building, Durban, which he notes as 'one of the first modern buildings in Natal to be published' (Herbert 1975:226). The Second World War and active service interrupted Hamlin's career which he resumed in Durban after the war. In 1959 he was in partnership with I PARK-ROSS (cf HAMLIN & PARK-ROSS).

(ARIBA nom papers (1935) 5734; Herbert 1975; Hillebrand 1986; Natal Daily News Ideal Homes competition 1937/38; NPIA newsletter (n.d. but 1991) death notice)

Submitted and entry for the Competition for the new Prime Minister's Residence - unplaced.

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 HAMLIN

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp 111

Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 226

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 91, 221