Basil Spence was a Scottish architect born in India. He was born in Bombay on August 13, 1907. He was educated in India and then between 1919 and 1925 at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh.After completing his graduation in architecture, he worked at the London office of Sir Edwin Lutyens, an experience that would have a considerable influence on Spence’s style.
Spence had a strong sense of the relations of buildings to landscape, as shown especially in his designs for the University of Sussex. He also designed parish churches, housing developments, apartment buildings, theatres, factories, and office buildings. He was knighted in 1960, and from 1961 to 1968 he was professor of architecture at the Royal Academy. He was architect for the British Embassy at Rome and for the British pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal. His New Buildings in Old Cities was published in 1973.
He passed away on November 19, 1976.