Norman Engleback, 1927–2015

The Brisitsh architect of the Southbank Centre has died

Normann Engleback with the 1955 proposal for the Crystal Palace

Norman Engleback, one of the original architects of the Southbank Centre, has died aged 88. Born in London, Engleback had a lifelong passion for drawing and began his career with the London and North Eastern Railway in 1943, rebuilding bombed railway structures while studying architecture at night school. He joined the LCC architects’ department in 1952 and was quickly promoted by Leslie Martin who tasked him with designing the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace. He was later on put in charge of designing the brutalist architectural complex of the Southbank Centre's Festival Wing, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. 

4 December 2015.