D441 - Dix, Professor G B - [1970s-1980s]
This collection of working papers from the career of Professor Dix ranges from his time as a student in Harvard University to just before its deposit at the University in 2009. It comprises of material relating to various planning projects and conferences, international visits and membership of diff...
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|Physical Description:||37 boxes, oversize rolls|
|Summary:||This collection of working papers from the career of Professor Dix ranges from his time as a student in Harvard University to just before its deposit at the University in 2009. It comprises of material relating to various planning projects and conferences, international visits and membership of different committees. This includes correspondence in the form of letters and printed emails, printed material including ephemera and journals, reports and volumes, handwritten notes, booklets, programmes, plans and maps. Included are papers which Dix collected for his research on the life and work of Sir Patrick Abercrombie.|
|Arrangement:||Where a series has been identified it has been maintained. Additional material was located within the papers of Patrick Abercrombie and these were incorporated as a separate series entitled 'Research on Patrick Abercrombie'. The titles given to folders by G. Dix have been incorporated into the description of each item.|
Professor Gerald Dix was born in Salford, England on 12 January 1926 and was educated at Altrincham Grammer School between 1936 and 1942. At the University of Manchester he received a BA Honours in Architecture in 1950 and on a Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University he received a Master in Landscape Architecture in 1953. During his career Dix was an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Dix worked with Sir Patrick Abercrombie as Chief Architect Planner and as his Chief Assistant on the Addis Ababa Master Plan Team from 1954 to 1956. Gerald Dix’s international interests continued to shape his career. He worked extensively in the developing world. Dix held posts in Singapore (1957-1959) and in Ghana (1959-1963), and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi as well as a planner with the United Nations Physical Planning Mission to Kumasi. From 1963 to 1965 Dix worked in the UK Building Research Station as Planning Advisor to the Ministry of Overseas Development, advising governments in the West Indies and a number of African countries.
Between 1966-1975 Dix was lecturer then Professor of Planning and Director of the Institute of Planning Studies at the University of Nottingham. As well the integral role Dix played in setting up the Institute of Planning Studies at the University of Nottingham, his major contribution was the development of a postgraduate course in environmental planning.
Later in 1975 he became the sixth Lever Professor of Civic Design and Head of the Department of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool. A prestigious position he held until 1988. Dix also served as Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1984 to 1987.
During his time at the University of Liverpool Dix founded the Third World Planning Review, a journal which focuses on planning in developing countries. The journal, now called International Development Planning Review, significantly raised the profile of Third World planning. Dix continued to be involved in international projects after his retirement in 1988, which included holding the positions of Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, and Honorary Council Member of the Association for the Protection of the Mountain Summer Resort and the Eight Outer Temples.
Gerald Dix died at the age of 94 on 31st May 2020.