The Alan Vaughan-Richards archive

Recovering tropicalmodernism in Lagos

Authored by: Ola Uduku

The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138581296
eBook ISBN: 9780429506765
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In 2011, with a small project grant from the British Academy and further assistance from the University of Edinburgh and the Goethe Institute in Lagos, plans were made to digitise a number of drawings created by to the late Alan Vaughan-Richards, a British–Nigerian architect who had practiced in Lagos, Nigeria, from the 1950s until his death in the 1980s. Vaughan-Richards had been an influential character on the Lagos architectural scene. He married Lagos socialite Ayo Vaughan and had worked first for the Architects Co-Partnership in Nigeria before establishing his own practice and later working with Nigerian architect Alex Ibru. His works include university campus plans, individual houses and industrial buildings. He was also one of the first Nigerian architects to discuss architectural heritage and conservation, contributing to the writing of and producing the drawings for Building Lagos (Akinsemoyin & Vaughn-Richards, 1977).

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