Sir Geoffrey Allan Jellicoe
|Born||8 October 1900|
Chelsea, London, England
|Died||17 July 1996(aged 95)|
|Projects||JFK Memorial Garden, Runnymede|
Sir Geoffrey Allan Jellicoe(8 October 1900 – 17 July 1996) was an English architect, town planner, landscape architect, garden designer, lecturer and author. His strongest interest was in landscape and garden design.
Jellicoe was born in Chelsea, London the younger son of Florence Waterson (née Waylett) and her husband, George Edward Jellicoe, publisher's manager, and later publisher. He studied at the Architectural Association in London in 1919 and won a British Prix de Rome for Architecture in 1923, which enabled him to research his first book Italian Gardens of the Renaissance with John C. Shepherd. This pioneering study did much to re-awaken interest in this great period of landscape design and through its copious photographic illustrations publicized the then perilously decayed condition of many of the gardens.
In 1929 he was a founding member of the Landscape Institute and from 1939 to 1949 he was its President. In 1948, he became the founding President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). From 1954 to 1968 he was a member of Royal Fine Art Commission and from 1967 to 1974 a Trustee of Tate Gallery.
Jellicoe taught at the University of Greenwich from 1979 to 1989. He came as a lecturer and visiting critic, usually on six occasions a year.
On 11 July 1936, he married Susan Pares (1907–1986), the daughter of Margaret Ellis (Daisy), née Dixon (1879–1964) and Sir Bernard Pares KBE (1867–1949), the historian and academic known for his work on Russia.
He died in Devon, of heart failure, on the 17 July 1996. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.
National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C467/6) with Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1996 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.
Note: All locations below are in England unless stated otherwise.
Mr Geoffrey Jellicoe, the architect for the site, said...that the point of the memorial was the landscape rather than any physical monument