Philip George Brian Claridge (1924-1979) was the son of prominent Adelaide architect Philip Rupert Claridge (1884-1968), and began his career in his father’s firms after the Second World War. Brian Claridge was a leading advocate of the modern movement in the 1950s, for he lobbied for change and also wrote on architecture and art and was widely published. His architectural career was relatively brief, however, for he was involved in practice for only two decades.
As a young man, he pursued his wider interests outside his formal education as an engineer and architect. From the mid-1940s he was active in the world of theatre as a performer and stage designer, and in the early 1950s he was Secretary, Vice-President and Acting-President of the Contemporary Art Society of South Australia.
Claridge received high praise for a number of his buildings, especially in the 1950s for two of his house designs, at Stonyfell and at Crafers, and his economical, open plan designs for kindergartens, at Rose Park and Erindale. His Sedunary House (1957) was regarded as one of the best Australian homes designed in the 1950s.
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