Beyond Portmeirion: The Architecture, Planning and Protests of Clough Williams-Ellis

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For much of his long and productive life, Clough Williams-Ellis was known as the second-rate architect who designed the bizarre Welsh holiday village of Portmeirion. Jonah Jones’s 1996 biography of him may have perpetuated this view, its title including the phrase The Architect of Portmeirion. Williams-Ellis himself seemed, somewhat modestly, to endorse that diminished assessment by calling his (first) autobiography Architect Errant (1971), a decision that was consistent with a career spent ‘enduring considerable scorn from his fellow professionals’.¹ In contrast to such characterisations, this chapter champions Clough Williams-Ellis as an important figure in modern and modernist architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRural Modernity in Britain
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Intervention
EditorsKristin Bluemel, Michael McCluskey
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781474420976, 9781474420969
ISBN (Print)9781474473187, 9781474420952
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2018


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