Geoffry Powell

Geoffry Charles Hamilton Powell was the youngest of the trio who formed Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. He was born on 7th November 1920 in Bangalore, India (where incidentally my mother was also born). His parents are given by Who’s Who as Colonel D H Powell and Violet Powell (nee Timins). His father was presumably an officer in the British army in India. Powell was educated at Wellington College and he went on to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He worked as an assistant to Frederick Gibberd in 1944 and to Bryan O’Rorke in 1946.

In 1949 Powell began teaching at Kingston School of Architecture.

Geoffry Powell won the competition for the Golden Lane Estate, and he turned for help to two of his colleagues, Chamberlin and Bon. They decided to pool their resources and set up an architectural practice together to take on the project to build the estate.

Geoffry Powell married twice. His first wife was Philippa Cooper by whom he had two daughters. His second wife was Dorothy Grenfell Williams (head of the BBC’s African Service) who died in 1994. They had one son. In Who’s Who he gave his recreations as travel and painting. He lived at Glen Cottage River Lea in Petersham Surrey. He died on 17th December, 1999, only a few months after Christoff Bon.