An extraordinarily talented architect, urbanist and skilled artist, Harry had the ability to capture on paper the spirit of places from the street to the sky. For many years, JTP’s projects were illustrated through the wonderful ‘H-aerials’ and beautiful vignettes that he drew. He also played a fundamental role in the practice’s community planning work on projects across the UK and internationally.
After leaving school, Harry started work in a local architect’s office in Norwich as an office junior, running errands, delivering post, doing dyeline prints and making tea – all for two guineas a week. Five years and two more architect offices later, and he was earning 30 pounds a week and was described as being ‘good at elevations’. With two A-levels in Art and English Literature and at the fifth attempt – securing a O-level Maths whilst studying at night school, he secured a place at the Architectural Association (AA) to study in London.
Harry studied at the AA from 1969 until 1974 and qualified as an Architect in 1980. By this time, he had worked with a number of other London architects, including Tom Kay, whom he believed taught him more about architecture and buildings than anyone or anything else in his education.