Francis-Jones, Richard/Spain & Cosh

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The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture is significant because it is the first major work of reference to be published on Australian architecture and provides an unparalleled compendium of architectural knowledge. It draws together 225 contributing scholars to result in over 1000 entries and 500 images that document and analyse Australian architecture and architects from indigenous beginnings to colonial, modern and contemporary eras. The intent of the two entries on Richard Francis-Jones (1960-) and Spain & Cosh (1904-1938) is to provide biographical information on these major architects as they relate to the design of the built environment. Both have been instrumental in the development of Australian architecture. The architectural work of Richard Francis-Jones has been widely published in the mainstream architectural press but has not previously been the subject of extended scholarly research to provide a complete biographical account. Material for the entry was gathered from primary sources, including a literature review of articles on individual buildings and an interview with Francis-Jones in November 2008. The architectural work of Spain & Cosh has been overlooked in architectural histories and previous biographical registers of Australian architects. The Australian Dictionary of Biography includes an entry for Alfred Spain but makes only a fleeting reference to Spain & Cosh. Material for the entry was gathered from primary sources, including journal articles from the period 1904-1938, archival research and a review of original drawings. An undergraduate thesis at the University of New South Wales (1986) was also consulted but all facts had to be verified.
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