Fry and Drew: Key Actors and Shapers of West African Modernism

This lecture focuses on the work of two architects, Edwin Maxwell Fry and Jane Beverly Drew, who worked extensively in the UK, India and Africa throughout the mid-20thC. Their pioneering work attempted to develop a ‘modernism’ for the ‘tropics’, and one an architecture that responded to social, political and aesthetic concerns. Jackson delivers a critical analysis of Fry and Drew’s body of work in West Africa and situates this within the broader themes of their engagement with tropical architecture.

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