By: Emily Walters
I am spending much of my time these days tying up loose ends on our project. With a scant six weeks remaining (!) I want to make sure we dot all of our Is and cross all of our Ts. I came across notes about a couple of collections we’ve processed and wanted to make sure that you knew about these collections. As always, you can find a complete list of our processed collections here. It’s been updated since I last wrote about it here.
Brian Shawcroft is a Modernist architect who is recognized for designing much of the modernist home inventory in and around the area of Raleigh, where we are located. In addition to residences, Shawcroft designed civic, commercial, and other buildings, such as schools and churches.
So what is modern architecture? According to the U.S. General Services Administration’s Growth, Efficiency, and Modernism publication, modernist architecture follows the notion that “Form follows function” and is commonly characterized by simplicity, clarity of forms, and elimination of unnecessary detail.
Through processing the Shawcroft Papers, I had the opportunity to see firsthand the process of the designs, constructions, and redesigns of such works through process (or design) drawings and construction documents: site plans, additions, alterations, and remodeling plans.
To give you a little background on Shawcroft himself, Shawcroft was born in 1929. He grew up in England and studied architecture at the South West Essex Technical College and School of Art in London. Following, traveled to the States to continue his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Masters degree in Architecture. Shawcroft practiced architecture professionally independently and in various firms (Holloway-Reeves, Architects, MacMillian, MacMillan, Shawcroft & Thames, Environmental Planning Associates, and Shawcroft-Taylor), concentrating in North Carolina. Additionally, Shawcroft served as an associate professor and lecturer in architecture at NCSU and the College of Design, formerly School of Design from 1960 to 1968. Shawcroft maintains his ties with NCSU by funding an annual Shawcroft Award, given architecture student for superior hand drawing skills.
Most of Shawcroft’s projects were built in the Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. It was interesting to recognize some of the buildings Shawcroft and his associate firms designed, particularly buildings at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I am currently attending. It was also interesting to compare these works to those of previous landscape architects from collections I processed earlier (Gill Wheless and Lewis Clarke). By quick glance, the “Form follows function” notion is apparent in Shawcroft’s drawings. Drawings at large are characterized by horizontal and vertical lines, and do appear less detailed and to possess simplicity and clarity of forms. You can come see for yourself – Check out the Brian Shawcroft Papers at Satellite. In addition to drawings, the collection includes some photographs, sildes, and photographic printout reproductions which provides a visual picture of completed projects. You can take a look at the completed finding aid here!
That blurb was contributed by Jay.
Edward Walter R Waugh was born in South Africa in 1913. In 1931, he attended Houghton College in Johannesburg and later entered the University of Edinburgh Schools of Engineering and Architecture. In 1948, Waugh taught at the University of Oklahoma, recruited by dean Henry Leveke Kamphoefner. Kamphoefner was later appointed the dean of School of Design (now called College of Design) at North Carolina State University. Kamphoefner recruited Waugh along with other respective colleagues to teach at the school. Waugh taught at NCSU from 1948 to 1951, where the following year he opened up his own firm, Edward Waugh and Associates. In 1957, Waugh became the campus planner for NCSU. You can take a look at the completed finding aid here!
That blurb was contributed by Edric.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look inside two of our 47 processed collections! Have a great weekend! We’ll see you next week!