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McMANUS, Philip Edward JosephBorn: 1907 08 17
Reg No: 724
Year registered: 1939
Philip Edward Joseph McManus (who later appears as Philipp or Phillip Edouard McManis) was born on 17 August 1907 and was articled to Hunter Crawford & Williamson in 1926, remaining as principal assistant until 1932. During this period he studied for five years part-time at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland where he obtained his diploma after a further two years' full-time study in 1934. He then completed a post-diploma course in Town Planning at the School, entitling him to an exemption from the RIBA final exam. In June 1935 he received the Rutland Prize, a £250 travelling scholarship, and later that year he joined T P Marwick & Son as senior assistant. Despite this he gave his address as Edinburgh College of Art, perhaps indicating that he taught there part-time. Together with David Harvey he was credited with the highly progressive architecture of the Marwick firm in the mid-1930s at the National Bank, George Street, Edinburgh; Jay's store, Princes Street; the St Cuthbert's Co-operative furniture department in Bread Street; and the early stages of the Glasgow Empire Exhibition of 1938.McMANUS was admitted ARIBA on 30 November 1936. His nomination papers state that prior to that time he had spent a total of twelve months travelling in Europe. By the time he signed his declaration accepting his admittance on 3 April 1937 he had emigrated to South Africa. He settled in Durban and practised thereafter as an architect and town planner. Initially he worked for W G MOFFAT & HIRST. He had moved to Cape Town by 1948, remaining there until the mid-1960s when he had a post in the Town Planning School, University of Natal. He closed his practice and retired from both business and the RIBA in September 1976, his practice having been dormant for some time, presumably because most of his time was taken up by the University post.
Biographical details for McMANUS sourced from the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.
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