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CE&DU3A members' talk: Reginald Uren’s Remarkable Journey - Huren Marsh

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A talk on Reginald Uren, Hornsey Town Hall's architect.

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Reginald Uren, the New Zealand architect of Hornsey Town Hall, was a remarkable man who has a legacy of impressive buildings in London, three of which are among the speaker’s favourite buildings in the capital.

Uren was only twenty-seven when, in 1933, he won the design competition for Hornsey Town Hall (now Grade II* listed), which displayed a remarkable forward-thinking approach to civic architecture at a time when aspects of classicism were still the order of the day. He later went on to design other buildings that are now listed.

Huren's talk will look at Uren’s work in the UK and, in particular, at correcting the wrongly-described architectural style of Hornsey Town Hall as ‘Art Deco’.

Huren is a designer, curator and educator who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He emigrated to the UK in the late sixties and after a successful career as a BT engineer, a life-long passion for the arts and creativity led to a major career change. After gaining a first class degree in Furniture and Project design Huren worked with architectural and interior design practices, mainly on large-scale architectural projects for international corporate clients as well as UK museums, galleries and educational institutions. He has been a lecturer at six UK universities as well as an external examiner and degree course validator, and in 2012 was awarded a fellowship of Interior Educators. He has also taught in Hanoi, Vietnam and Shanghai.

Huren has lived in Crouch End since the late seventies and has be a very active member of the community.

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