Boyd, Robin (1919-1971)

Also known as
Boyd, Robin
Boyd, Robin (Gerard Penleigh) (1919-1971)
Boyd, Robin Gerard (1919-1971)
Boyd, Robin Gerard Penleigh (1919-1971)
Field of activity
Architect; Critic; Author/Critic - Melbourne; Victoria; Cartoonist/Illustrator 1940-1949 - 1971 Melbourne; Furniture Designer; Architects
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Robin Gerard Penleigh Boyd (1919-1971), architect and critic, was born on 3 January 1919 at Armadale, Melbourne, younger son of Theodore Penleigh Boyd, artist, and his wife Edith Susan Gerard, daughter...

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Mid 20th century Melbourne Modernist architect, author, critic and illustrator. Born into the artistic Boyd dynasty, he was a partner of the Grounds, Romberg and Boyd practice from 1953 to 1962 and was internationally respected as Australia's leading architecture critic from the late 1940s until his death in 1971. Domestic furniture designed by Boyd ca.1958 is also known.

Robin Boyd (1919-71), Melbourne architect who wrote various influential books promoting the International Modern movement; including The Australian Ugliness, (1960) The Puzzle of Architecture (1965) and Australia’s Home (1952). Although Boyd only built one house in Sydney, his books and articles were familiar to all Australians interested in architecture. As a student, he edited the architectural magazines Smudges and Lines; between 1947 and 1956, he wrote weekly articles on architecture and design for The Age. From 1947-53 he was the first director of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects’ Small Homes Service, which conducted a regular newspaper column offering house plans. In 1953, he established a partnership with Roy Grounds and Frederick Romberg, and produced several innovative residential buildings. But he did not receive commissions to build major works and the practice was dissolved in 1962. Before that, in 1956-7, he was a visiting professor with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later emerged as a noted international architecture critic, writing two books on Japanese architecture and numerous articles for international professional journals. In 1965, he was gazetted as a trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. In 1969, he was awarded the RAIA Gold Medal, and life fellowship the following year. He was made president of the Victorian chapter of the RAIA in 1970, after long service as a councillor. He was a part-time lecturer at the University of Melbourne for several years and a regular broadcaster on radio and television. He died unexpectedly at age 52. Source—Serle, Geoffrey. ...

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  • fl. c.1945 - c.1971

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Boyd was a seminal Melbourne modern architect, product of a celebrated artistic family and partner in Grounds, Romberg and Boyd. He wrote 'Australia's Home' (1952), 'The Australian Ugliness' (1960), 'The Puzzle of Architecture' (1960). In 1973, Patrick McCaughey organised an exhibition at the Newcastle City Art Gallery and the University of Melbourne Gallery of a large collection of photographic prints of a selection of Robin Boyd's important buildings. It was assembled as a posthumous travelling exhibition.

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Resources by Robin Boyd (128)

  1. [Robin Boyd : Australian and New Zealand Art Files]
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
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  2. Robin Boyd : portrait sitter file
    Boyd, Robin
    [ Book ]
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  3. Robin Boyd interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Sound : 1962 ]
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    At National Library
    Robin Boyd interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
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  4. Letter : Melbourne, to Mrs. H. A. Gregory
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Unpublished : 1963 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  5. Robin Boyd / editor, Harriett Edquist ; special editor, Helen Stuckey
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    At 3 libraries
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  6. Robin Boyd : house of ideas / catalogue editor Philip Goad
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Robin Boyd : house of ideas / catalogue editor Philip Goad
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  7. [Exterior views of Crawford House, 1970, Athol Avenue, Canterbury by Robin Boyd] Mark Strizic
    Strizic, Mark, 1928-2012
    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
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    At State Library VIC
    [Exterior views of Crawford House, 1970, Athol Avenue, Canterbury by Robin Boyd] Mark Strizic
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  8. Robin Boyd : the architect as critic / an exhibition at the La Trobe Library, State Library of Victoria
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Book : 1989 ]
    At 15 libraries
    Robin Boyd : the architect as critic / an exhibition at the La Trobe Library, State Library of Victoria
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  9. [Featherston House designed by Robin Boyd, 22 The Boulevard, Ivanhoe, Victoria] Mark Strizic
    Strizic, Mark, 1928-2012
    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content
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    At State Library VIC
    [Featherston House designed by Robin Boyd, 22 The Boulevard, Ivanhoe, Victoria] Mark Strizic
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  10. Living in Australia / Robin Boyd ; Mark Strizic, photography
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Book : 1970-2013 ]
    At 99 libraries
    Living in Australia / Robin Boyd ; Mark Strizic, photography
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Resources about Robin Boyd (217)

  1. Robin Boyd, 1919-1971
    Architect, (Melbourne)
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    At Swinburne Uni Tech
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  2. [Robin Boyd : Australian and New Zealand Art Files]
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Published ]
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  3. Robin Boyd, 1919-1971 : his works / Report by G. Lee
    Lee, Grace
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At UNSW Library
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  4. Robin Boyd : portrait sitter file
    Boyd, Robin
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
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  5. Robin Boyd interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Sound : 1962 ]
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    At National Library
    Robin Boyd interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
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  6. [Biographical cuttings on Robin Boyd, architect, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  7. Letter : Melbourne, to Mrs. H. A. Gregory
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Unpublished : 1963 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 100,651)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 100,651)

  8. Robin Boyd / editor, Harriett Edquist ; special editor, Helen Stuckey
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    At 3 libraries
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  9. The Life and good works of Robin Boyd
    [ Book : 1954 ]
    At UNE Dixson Library
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  10. Robin Boyd : house of ideas / catalogue editor Philip Goad
    Boyd, Robin, 1919-1971
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Robin Boyd : house of ideas / catalogue editor Philip Goad
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 89,435.633)

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  1. Boyd, Robin H. S. (1924-)
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  2. Boyd, Merric (1888-1959)
    Artist; ; Ceramist; Sculptor; Painter; Jackaroo; 014; Dairy Farmer; Air Mechanic; 760
    ... Boyd, Robin (Gerard Penleigh) ... Boyd, Arthur Merric ... Australia. He was also a dominant figure in the consciousness of the Boyd family, who dominated Australian ... visual culture in the 20th century. William Merric Boyd (commonly called Merric) was born in St Kilda on ...
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  3. Boyd, Penleigh (1890-1923)
    Artist; ; Cartoonist / Illustrator; Painter
    ... Boyd, Robin (Gerard Penleigh) ... Boyd, Arthur Merric ... Arthur Merric Boyd (1862-1940), artist, was the father of William Merric Boyd (1888-1959), potter ... , and Theodore Penleigh Boyd (1890-1923), artist. ...
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  1. ANY person having any claim upon the estate of ROBIN LESLY BOYD, late of 15/3 Milner Road, Artarmon, feme
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 4 March 1983 [Issue No.37] p 1065

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... ANY person having any claim upon the estate of ROBIN LESLY BOYD, late of 15/3 Milner Road, Artarmon ... 124 words
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  2. No. 287 of 1985/X—Re Wilfred Robin Hassenden. No. 286 of 1985/X—Re Shirley Hazel Hassenden.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. General (National : 1977 - 1987) Tuesday 26 November 1985 p 4709

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... No 287 of 1985/X—Re Wilfred Robin Hassenden No 286 of 1985/X—Re Shirley Hazel Hassenden No 285 of ... 1985/X—Re Wilfred Boyde Hassended A first and final dividend is intended to be declared in the above ... 93 words
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  3. APPOINTMENTS, RETIREMENTS AND DISMISSALS
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 29 June 1972 [Issue No.53] p 62

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... Computer Operator—Brian Leslie Blackman, Edwin Vaughan Boyd, Thomas Keith Burrows, Andrew Lindsay Cox ... Paul Rogers, Fred Anthony Scott, Robin Evan Secombe, Monica Joan Smith, Jadvega Krysty ... 5566 words
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  1. Robin Boyd Architecture Award 2006
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    Robin Boyd Architecture Award 2006
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  2. Freshwater House Sydney wins AIA Robin Boyd 2009
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2009 ]
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    Freshwater House Sydney wins AIA Robin Boyd 2009
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  3. Lost and Found — Robin Boyd
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2019 ]
    At ABC Radio National
    Lost and Found — Robin Boyd
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  4. Robin Boyd (IOU)
    [ Video : 2010 ]
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  1. Appletree Hill
    N.R. Reid & Co
    [ Map : 1966 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 82.014)

  2. Reno Junction bedrock / compiled by Alan J. Ver Ploeg and Cynthia S. Boyd ; digital cartography by Robin W. Lyons and Justin M. Mulbay
    Ver Ploeg, Alan J
    [ Government publication, Map : 2005 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.245)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.245)

  3. Port Macquarie coastal geotrail New South Wales / cartography: Stewart Wilson ; authors: Ron Boyd & Robin Offler ; editing: Simone Meakin ; Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
    New South Wales. Department of Planning and Environment
    [ Government publication, Map : 2018 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.664)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.664)

  1. Architect Robin Boyd dies
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Monday 18 October 1971 p 3 Article
    ... Architect Robin Boyd dies MELBOURNE, Sun-day. — A private family funeral service will be held ... tomorrow morning for Melbourne architect, Mr Robin Boyd, 52, who died on Friday night. Mr Boyd had caught a ... 178 words
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  2. The puzzle of Robin Boyd
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Friday 24 December 1965 p 14 Article Illustrated
    ... The puzzle of Robin Boyd By DIRK BOLT THE PUZZLE OF ARCHITECTURE. By Robin Boyd. Melbourne ... University Press. Price 65/-. ROBIN Boyd, in his new and most im-portant book so far, pieces together the con ... 2075 words
    • Text last corrected on 12 August 2019 by elvie
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  3. ROBIN BOYD SEES MORE "UGLINESS"
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 16 December 1961 p 17 Article
    ... ROBIN BOYD SEES MORE "UGLINESS" The success of Robin Boyd's Austra-lian Ugliness has inspired his ... annoyed. Both are excellent things. —R. AUSTRALIAN HOME, Robin Boyd. Melbourne University Press ... 559 words
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  1. Roy Grounds, 1905- ; Frederick Romberg, 1913- and Robin Boyd, 1919-1971
    Hamann, Conrad
    Architects of Australia
    [ Article : 1981 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 617.952)

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  2. Robin Boyd: a brief memoir
    Simpson, Roy
    Architect (Melbourne)
    [ Article : 1989 ]
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  3. Blott House by Robin Boyd
    Goad, Philip; Snape, Dianna
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    [ Article : 2017 ]
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  4. Robin Boyd House II.(VICTORIA)
    Architecture Australia
    [ Article : 2007 ]
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  1. Boyd, Robin
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  2. Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity
    Baracco, M
    [ Book : 2017 ]
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    At RMIT Research
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  3. Robin Boyd: Design Legend / Garry Emery (illustrator) ; Jane Mooney (illustrator) ; Kendrah Morgan (author)
    [ Book : 2019 ]
    At National Library
    Robin Boyd: Design Legend / Garry Emery (illustrator) ; Jane Mooney (illustrator) ; Kendrah Morgan (author)
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  4. Robin Boyd: The early years 1919 - 1952
    Paul Wellington
    [ Thesis : 1995 ]
    At Monash Online
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  1. Boyd, Robin
    [ Published ]
    At NGV Library
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  2. Series 05: Robin Dalton personal papers, correspondence, DVD and sound recordings, 1926-2009
    [ Unpublished : 1926-2009 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Series 09: Neville Quarry papers relating to study and teaching at the University of Melbourne, 1953-1971
    [ Unpublished : 1953-1971 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Robin Boyd Houses
    Robin Boyd Houses
    Created by mweight [NLA], 70 items.

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  2. 'House of Tomorrow'
    'House of Tomorrow'
    Created by mweight [NLA], 25 items.

    "House of Tomorrow" exhibition at Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 1949 House designed by Robin Boyd, furniture designed by Grant Featherston

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  3. Junction Park State School 1919-1938
    Junction Park State School 1919-1938
    Created by Neville-Buch, 387 items.

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  1. [Exterior views of Crawford House, ...
    Strizic, Mark, ...
    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
    [Exterior views of Crawford House, 1970, Athol Avenue, Canterbury by Robin Boyd] Mark Strizic
  2. [Featherston House designed by Robi ...
    Strizic, Mark, ...
    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
    [Featherston House designed by Robin Boyd, 22 The Boulevard, Ivanhoe, Victoria] Mark Strizic
  3. House. Toorak Road. Malvern. Melbou ...
    Wille, Peter, 1 ...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1950-1971 ]
    House. Toorak Road. Malvern. Melbourne. Vic. Robin Boyd
  4. Imogen Farfor Houses (Houses 2 & 1) ...
    Wille, Peter, 1 ...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1950-1971 ]
    Imogen Farfor Houses (Houses 2 & 1) Nepean H'way (near end). Portsea. Vic. Robin Boyd. 1968
  5. House. Beleura Hill Road. (near Bea ...
    Wille, Peter, 1 ...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1950-1971 ]
    House. Beleura Hill Road. (near Beach Rd.) Mornington. Melb. Robin Boyd 1950
  6. [Apple Tree Hill Estate, Glen Waver ...
    Sievers, Wolfga ...
    [ Photograph : 1966 ]
    [Apple Tree Hill Estate, Glen Waverley]