In memory of Reginald Cave OBE

1911 - 2000

Reginald Cave

The name Reginald Cave is synonymous with the Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture, founded in 1927. He was an active member in the School's life for 55 years and had the vision to develop a School with a world-wide reputation which flourished over the years and is currently the largest in the country. His memorial service was held on Thursday 14 June, 2000 at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Reginald Cave was born in 1911 and educated at the City of London School and the Bartlett School of Architecture, London University. Before the Second World War he worked in a London architectural practice. During the war, he served with the Royal Engineers and was posted to the Middle East, building airfields in Turkey, Egypt and Syria.

After the war ended, he taught briefly at Leicester University before joining the Oxford School of Architecture in 1945. In November 1953 he became Head of the Oxford School until his retirement in 1976. From that time until his death he continued his lifetime devotion to his profession and took an active part in the Oxford Planning Committee, the Civic Trust, the Conservation Society and Rewley House. He became an expert on Oxford's architecture and was interested in everything concerning the city.

In 1978 his lifelong devotion to architectural education was acknowledged by the King of Norway who awarded him the honorary title of 'Chevalier of the First Degree of St Olav of Norway' for his teaching of many Norwegian architecture students who flocked to Oxford during his Headship between 1953 and 1976. These students now hold prominent positions in Norwegian society and speak of him with great affection.

The Queen honoured Mr Cave at Buckingham Palace just after his 80th birthday, awarding him the OBE in recognition of his continued work, not only in academia but for the city of Oxford.

Reginald Cave will be remembered not only for his academic excellence but for his humanity. His door was always open to students, and he always had the ability to bring out the best in them. Indeed, he could remember the name of every single student, not only then, but at Doric Club reunions held years later.

He is a great loss to architecture, to Oxford and will be greatly missed by all of us.

Byron Mikellides, School of Architecture