Dame Jane Beverly Drew

General Information

Occupation: Architect

Date of Birth: March 24, 1911

Date of Death: June 06, 1996

Birth City: Thornton Heath

Birth Country: England (U.K.)

Notes: Brainy History says dead at 84 http://www.brainyhistory.com/topics/a/architect.html

Sources: Obituary


Subject: Designing buildings in extreme climates, such as in Africa and India

Description: Drew considered a house in such climates as a shelter from the sun.

Notes: Drew along with Fry set up the first Tropical Architecture School with the Architectural Association


Employer: Assistant Town Planning Advisor to the Colonies of Nigeria, the Gold Coast, Sierra Leone, and Gambia

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Notes: Following this appointment, Drew received commissions to build schools and teacher-training colleges in Ghana and Togoland and the University of Idadan in Nigeria.

Employer: Joseph Hill, Fry and Drew

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Name: J.T. Alliston

Project: Hospital in Devon

Country: India

Notes: Jane Drew and her first husband, J.T. Alliston won a competition for the hospital in Devon, after which Drew joined Alliston's practice

Name: Maxwell Fry

Project: Master Plan for Chandigarh, India

Country: India


No apprenticeships on record


No awards on record


Title: Rebuilding Britain

Description: Held at the National Gallery during World War Two

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Notes: Drew was the chairwomen of the exhibition.

Notable Projects

Title: Master Plan of Chandigarh

Description: Worked with Le Corbusier and Maxwell Fry and PierreJeanneret on the redesign of the original master plan drawn by Albert Mayer

City: Chandigarh

Notes: Drew convinced Le Corbusier to work on the Chandigarh project. She was in charge of training of the Indian staff, where she became worked with Pandit Nehru-persuading him to hire young Indian architects. Drew was responsible government and private housing shops and health centers, schools and colleges.

Title: Open University at Milton Keynes

Title: Torbay Hospital and Nurses Residence

Title: Gestetner Building

City: Stirling

Title: St. Paul's Girls' School in London

City: London

Title: Waterloo Bridge Entrance

Description: Designed for the Festival of Britain

Notes: Following this project, Drew worked on health housing and amenity buildings in Tehran. Then moving on to Nigeria and Ceylon where she did shops, offices, an art center and a training center in Ghana


Institution: Architectural Association


No licenses on record

Professional Affiliations

Organization: Modern Architectural Research Group

Notes: The Group was a consortium of architects, painters and industrialists. Drew came in contact with other modernists such as Henry Moore Le Corbusier, Elizabeth Lutyens and Maxwell Fry.

Organization: Architects' Registration Council

Notes: Located in the United Kingdom

Organization: Architectural Association

Role: President

Publications By

Title: Village Housing in the Tropics

Co-author: E. Maxwell Fry

Title: Tropical Architecture in Dry and Humid Zones

Title: Tropical Architecture in the Humid Zone

Co-author: E. Maxwell Fry

City: London

Country: England (U.K.)

Title: Architecture and the Environment

Co-author: E. Maxwell Fry

City: London

Country: England (U.K.)

Publications About

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