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JAGGARD, Walter Robert

Born: 1873
Died: 1929


Presence in South Africa was brief, a five-year stay in Cape Town; after his return to England in 1908 he made his reputation as a teacher and lecturer. His single recorded lecture in South Africa, 'A beautiful house', strongly didactic in tone presents ideas with clarity and authority which he was to develop in teaching in later years. The paper gives an insight into an aspect of contemporary thought on domestic building.

Born in London, Jaggard entered H Huntley-Gordon's office in London on 21 June 1888 and subsequently became an assistant, passing the RIBA examination in 1894. A note from Huntley-Gordon recorded Jaggard as 'thoroughly interested in his work'. He married in 1899. In December 1901 Jaggard arrived in South Africa in and was working as an officer of the Chief Inspector of Public Works in Cape Town in 1902, resident in Cape Town until 1908. During this period he designed schools, libraries and private houses in South Africa, some of his drawings being exhibited at the Royal Academy. His address was White Cottage, Rosebank, Cape Town. He returned to London in 1908 to take up a teaching post at the Northern Polytechnic from which he resigned in 1921. He taught for several years at the London County Council School of Building in Brixton. He was appointed lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London University, a post which he held until his death. He was a member of the RIBA Science Committee (1923-1924) and 'pioneered teaching manuals in the science of building construction, bringing the technical skills alongside hitherto more esteemed areas of architectural education' (RIBA Jnl 1928/1929:335). Besides lecturing widely, he was an examiner to the Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes.

ARIBA 1895; FRIBA 1914. (Acad Arch 1900 (2):37; ARIBA nom papers (1895); FRIBA nom papers not consulted; RIBA Jnl 1928/9:335 obit; SAAE&S Jnl Jan 1907:54-58; SAWW 1908)

Publ: A beautiful house, notes on a lecture by W.R.Jaggard; SAAE&S Jnl Jan 1907:54-8 (ill); Architectural building plates, 2 vols, Cambridge Univ Press 1915; Architectural building construction, with F Drury 3 vols, Cambridge Univ Press 1916-23; Experimental cottages at Amesbury, for Dept. Scientific & Industrial Research 1921; Brickwork, Oxford Technical Series, 1929; Illustrated Manson's Experimental building science, 1917; Annual contributions on 'Standard Constructional Details' in: Specification.

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.

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Elysian, attrib: pre-1907. Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Fairview, attrib: pre-1907. Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Jaffray: n.d.. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
White Cottage: pre-1907. Rosebank, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect