I have put together this post in my appreciation for Geoffrey Jellicoe (1900 -1996).
Jellicoe was an architect, landscape architect, historian, traveller, lecturer and author. He has been a lasting inspiration for me.
When I studied landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh it was Jellicoe who was the guide for my mind’s eye. Without Jellicoe I would not have gained distinction in all subjects along with the award of the Scottish Chapter prize. I was not a good draughtsman but I had uncultivated ideas. Six years of training in Medicine (at the University of Aberdeen) had stifled my creative and imaginative self and I was altogether rather too tight and rigid. I reckon that was a consequence of the unhelpful divide between the so-called ‘two cultures’.
In what follows I have ‘borrowed words’ of my betters, taking three quotes from a number of my favourite authors: marginalia and fragments that for me somehow seem to say something about Jellicoe and the ‘two cultures’. Interspersed are a few short clips of Geoffrey Jellicoe talking about draughtsmanship and gardens of the mind.