Summer Nights: Geoffrey Darke

in conversation with Alex Ely and Michael Howe
8 August 2007

Born in 1929, Geoffrey Darke was a partner in Darbourne and Darke, a practice that developed into one of the most significant public housing designers of the sixties and seventies. The Lillington Garden Estate in Pimlico, which the firm won in open competition in 1961, marked the first appearance of "the new vernacular" - a popular and expressive departure from the prevalent tradition of drab post-war mixed development.

Alex and Ely and Michael Howe are partners in mae architects and had recently completed Wilbury Chapel and cemetery. Alex was formerly a senior policy adviser on housing to CABE and the subject remained central to the practice's work. They were then working on an urban design framework for the North Prospect area of Plymouth.