Erskine was born in London in , and spent his childhood in Mill Hill in Barnet. His Scottish grandfather was a Presbyterian free church minister, a descendent of the ministers Ralph Erskine and Ebenezer Erskine , but his parents sent him to the Friends School Saffron Walden — , a Quaker school, probably because of their socialist beliefs. There, he became committed to the Quaker ideals, which laid the foundation for his views on society, man's place in it, and on architecture.
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During the s, Erskine studied architecture for five years at the Regent Street Polytechnic , London under the direction of Thornton White. At the time, White's curriculum required the study of classical architecture before students were free to follow their own ideas. One of his fellow students was Gordon Cullen who would become a well-known architectural illustrator, urban designer and theorist. Cullen advocated the improvement of urban settlements through an understanding and analysis of their picturesque qualities.
This approach was profoundly influential on Erskine, who insisted in his work that the context and landscaping of his buildings be carefully integrated. After qualifying as an architect Erskine began work with the design team for Welwyn Garden City under the leadership of Louis de Soissons. In he became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
In Sweden the political will was reflected in the national architecture and these two factors coincided with his own humanist beliefs.
He would go on to make an important contribution to the architectural landscape of both his adopted country and to that of England. In Sweden, England and Canada, he was responsible for the design of numerous innovative buildings reflecting his particular ideology. They include:. In the Beginning is the. In the Garden of Gethsemane A Tragedy. First Supper.
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As a schoolchild she won a WHSmith Young Writers Prize and, after gaining a degree in French and working for a publisher in Oxford, chose to concentrate on her writing. While supporting herself in a variety of jobs from cleaning to van driving, she succeeded in getting short stories and poems published in several magazines. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and twin daughters. Related Content on Treehugger.
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