Elisabeth Benjamin

Rose Elisabeth Benjamin (7 December 1908 – 29 March 1999) was an English architect. She was of the first generation of women who trained as architects in the 1920s and 1930s. She designed a small number of modernist buildings and contributed towards the development of avant-garde architecture in Britain.[1]

Rose Elisabeth Benjamin
Born(1908-12-07)7 December 1908
Died29 March 1999(1999-03-29) (aged 90)
Alma materArchitectural Association
PracticeAssociated architectural firm[s]
BuildingsNo 1 Fitzroy Park

Early lifeEdit

Benjamin was born in Hendon, Middlesex,[2] the only child of Jewish parents, Elizabeth Abadi, a suffragette, and Alfred Benjamin, a businessman.[3] She was educated at St Paul's School in Hammersmith.[1] In 1925, she spent six months in Paris and following this briefly attended art school in St John's Wood. She attended the Architectural Association from 1927 and graduated in 1932. During her time at the Architectural Association, Benjamin encountered Godfrey Samuel (1927–32), a fellow student and a later founder- member of Tecton, and she also worked for Edwin Lutyens' office during her year out.[4]


First working from home in Golders Green and then in her office 42 South Molton Street in London, Benjamin designed three modern houses that are known for their freshness. In Highgate, No 1 Fitzroy Park was rebuilt for Dr Edith Summerskill as a vehicle for self-presentation and Labour Party politics.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary: Elisabeth Benjamin". The Independent. 7 April 1999. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Search Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006 | findmypast.co.uk".
  3. ^ Oxford dictionary of national biography. British Academy., Oxford University Press. (Online ed.). Oxford. ISBN 9780198614128. OCLC 56568095.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ Walker, Lynne (1996). "Interview with Elisabeth Benjamin". The Modern House Revisited.