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Obituary: Oliver Cox

Oliver Cox, best known for his brilliantly designed primary schools in Hertfordshire, died last month aged 91

Born in Teddington, London, in 1920, Cox joined the Architectural Association in 1937. After qualifying, he was employed by Hertfordshire County Council’s shortly after the war, where he worked under David Medd (see obituary, AJ 07.05.09) and designed a series of brightly coloured primary schools that went on to become the blueprint for school building and teaching methods nationally.

In 1958, Cox designed terraced housing and nine high-rise tower blocks at the Alton East section of the Roehampton Estate in Greater London.

Cox joined his friend Graeme Shankland in private practice and became heavily involved in housing projects both domestically and abroad.

A gifted painter as well as a musician, Cox dedicated his later years to his two great passions: art and colour.

Cox received a CBE in 1981 and is survived by his wife, Jean, and their two daughters.


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