About the Book

The first biography of this important 20th century architect.

Sir Edward Maufe (1882-1974) was one of the 20th century’s most prolific British architects. His best-known work, Guildford Cathedral, was completed  in 1962. Maufe also designed sixteen new churches and many country houses, as well as making significant additions to Oxford and Cambridge colleges.

Maufe was a major architect for the reconstruction of the war-damaged Inns of Court. During WWII he became Principal Architect to the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, designing many of the British WWII Memorials, including the Air Forces Memorial to the Missing at Runnymede. He won the RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture in 1944 and was knighted in 1954.

Edward Maufe was married for over 60 years to Prudence, an interior designer and a pioneering manager and director at Heal & Son. The Maufes were an early example of a ‘power couple’ who formed a creative partnership.

Juliet Dunmur presents a vibrant portrait of the architect, using material from Edward Maufe’s extensive archive at the RIBA, as well as recently discovered family correspondence and diaries. Generously illustrated, Edward Maufe: Architect and cathedral builder is an intimate story of the architect and his creative wife, both committed to sympathetic and functional design, who shared a passion for perfection.

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