Diana Rowntree (14 May 1915 – 22 August 2008) was a British architect and architectural writer.

Diana Rowntree
Born(1915-05-14)14 May 1915
Died22 August 2008(2008-08-22) (aged 93)
Alma materArchitectural Association School of Architecture
Spouse(s)Kenneth Rowntree
PracticeJane Drew's firm

Career and lifeEdit

After graduating from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1939, she joined Jane Drew's architecture practice, that at the time worked on a War Office scheme for faux factories designed to divert enemy bombers.[1]

In the mid-1950s Rowntree took on jobs within architectural press, establishing a position as first architectural writer for The Guardian and acting as news editor for the Architectural Design magazine.[2]

In 1964 she wrote Diana's Interior Design: A Penguin Handbook, called a pioneering work with an emphasis on minimalist rationality by The Guardian post mortem.[1] By the mid-1960s she had resumed her own architectural practice in addition to her writing.

Her husband was painter Kenneth Rowntree, whom she married 1939.[1]

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Rowntree D. (1994). Buildlings Face the Future. Corbridge, UK: ARCHITYPE.


  1. ^ a b MacCarthy, Fiona. "Diana Rowntree. The Guardian's first architecture writer she was a fervent believer in the moral potency of design". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  2. ^ Rowntree, Diana (1964). Diana's Interior Design: A Penguin Handbook. Middlesex: Penguin Books.