John Voelcker

Biography of John Voelcker

John Harold Westgarth Voelcker (1927-1972) was the first person to hold the Chair of Architecture at the University.

Voelcker was born in Preston in 1927 and attended Abbotsholme school. He then studied at the Architectural Association (AA) School in London. Following graduation, he worked briefly for BBPR in Milan before returning to London. He was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

In 1954, Voelcker and his family left London and he started working from home in Staplehurst, Kent. He also worked as a part-time lecturer at Medway College of Art Rochester where he taught building construction. He later moved to Sutton Valence where his work included farm improvement schemes, new school and office buildings, some private houses and housing schemes. He taught on a part-time basis at the AA School and at Cambridge University. In 1965 he was appointed director of Senior Studies at the AA School.

Voelcker took up his appointment as Professor of Architecture at the University of Glasgow in October 1969. He held the Chair until his death aged 45 in 1972.


John Voelcker

Born 1927, Preston, England.
Died September 1972.
University Link: Professor
Occupation categories: architects
Record last updated: 12th Aug 2008

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