Dalton Houses 1956-1975 : an exemplar for Brisbane's domestic architects?

Robinson, Noel J. (1976). Dalton Houses 1956-1975 : an exemplar for Brisbane's domestic architects? B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Robinson, Noel J.
Thesis Title Dalton Houses 1956-1975 : an exemplar for Brisbane's domestic architects?
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1976
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor Bill Greig
Total pages 198
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract
For years, architect designed houses have maintained a somewhat elitist position in the broader field of domestic building. In order to change this image the profession has argued in its journals for a wider involvement by its members and a stronger influence by them in the domestic building industry.

Broadbent writes in the introduction to Design in Architecture that "Some architects believed with Gropius that the 'one off' building, designed for a particular client by an individual, was an anachronism - indulgent self expression on the latter's part which seemed to them socially irresponsible .... Others without denying entirely the architect's right to self-expression in design, felt that he ought to offer this as one among several equals within a design team."

Though opinions varied as to what exactly the architect could offer, it was never questioned that he still did have something to contribute. Architects never doubted that their product was better than that which the general building industry offered and there is little to indicate that this attitude has changed since. How is the architect's product better? What do the profession's domestic architects give to their clients which the wider building industry should but does not?

This thesis attempts to answer these questions by examining the domestic work of a leading member of the profession. John Dalton was chosen for the study because of his high reputation in the profession and because of the recognition given to his work which has received commendations, medals and awards for meritorious architecture. Various journals have granted him "best building" awards and his work has been selected for display in international expositions. He has worked with leading architects in Brisbane and holds responsible positions on professional boards. (See Appendix A for a resumé of Dalton's professional career). As one of the profession's leading practitioners, what can be learnt from his work? What is it that gives it its meritorious distinction?   ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Keyword John Dalton
Domestic building
Domestic architects

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