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Snelling welcomed by Hawai‘i historians

Posted by Davina Jackson 13 March 2017


Douglas Snelling has been welcomed posthumously by architects and historians in Honolulu, where he holidayed and lived from the 1960s until his death in 1985.

The Hawai‘i chapter of Docomomo, the international modern architecture preservation group, recently hosted a lecture on Snelling's pan-Pacific career, presented by his biographer, Davina Jackson, with personal recollections by Snelling's third wife, Marianne Sparre. Held at the offices of architects WCIT, the event was organised by Hawai‘i's ..... Read More

Snelling book now on sale with Oxford publisher Routledge

Posted by Davina Jackson 12 October 2016


One of the world's major academic publishers, Routledge, has launched the hardcover edition of Davina Jackson's long-delayed book about Douglas Snelling. Global distribution of this edition began in December 2016.

Titled Douglas Snelling: Pan-Pacific Modern Design and Architecture, the book has been endorsed by the State Library of New South Wales and is illustrated with approx. 150 mono images, including many original drawings from Snelling's studio and photographs of his key buildings by legendary ..... Read More

Snelling’s 2016 centenary publications

Posted by Davina Jackson 4 March 2016


Douglas Snelling's 2016 birth centenary has been highlighted in the 'Pulse' section of the latest issue of InDesign, the Australia-international magazine of multi-disciplinary creativity. Written by Snelling's biographer, Davina Jackson (also the editor of this website), it's downloadable here. The article is prefaced by a glamorous 1960s portrait of Snelling, taken by Max Dupain at the peak of Snelling's career.

Meanwhile editors at the British academic publisher Routledge have confirmed that ..... Read More

Updating the AU academic ban against Snelling’s biographer

Posted by Davina Jackson 10 February 2016


Australian universities and government agencies have confirmed nationwide agreements by academic leaders to fail Davina Jackson's RMIT PhD thesis on Douglas Snelling – and to prevent her from 'gaining credibility' in academia.

Denouements in the saga of antipodean scholars' antipathy to Jackson and Snelling include:

Victorian Ombudsman supports its universities' rejections

The Victorian Ombudsman's office has decided again (after a third tranche of evidence) that RMIT leaders were ..... Read More

London architecture scholars appraise Snelling

Posted by Davina Jackson 19 November 2015


In 2016, centenary of Douglas Snelling's birth at Gravesend, on the Thames east of London, British publishers Ashgate-Routledge are launching the first book about Douglas Snelling. How will his career and creations be judged by architecture historians in his birth country?

Two thought leaders with London's Architectural Association School of Architecture – Mark Cousins and John Andrews – provide their initial impressions of Snelling as an 'Englishman abroad'. Before commenting, they separately ..... Read More

UK historians reverse decision to publish Snelling

Posted by Davina Jackson 18 November 2015


This year's editors of Architectural History, annual journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB), have reversed their decision to publish a substantial summary article on England-born Douglas Snelling's pan-Pacific career.

Its main reason for the last-minute rejection was 'a commercial consideration' to avoid potential duplication of the article content with Jackson's forthcoming book on Snelling, which is contracted with UK academic publishers Ashgate (now Routledge).

Architectural ..... Read More