R.D. ‘Dick’ Russell
Richard Drew Russell was born in 1903 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. From 1930 onwards he returned to Broadway take overall charge of design at Gordon Russell Limited. In 1935 he left the firm to work on his own.
Dick, as he was known, continued to work for the firm as a consultant and played a leading role throughout the thirties as the leading designer of the radio cabinets for the Murphy Radio Company.
In 1944 he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) a unique appointment, as it was, and is, the only time two brothers have held this honour.
Shortly after the war he joined forces with Professor Robert Goodden on the design of the Lion and Unicorn building at the Festival of Britain Exhibition in 1951. He was, at this time, also appointed Professor, heading the School of Wood, Metals and Plastics at the Royal College of Art.
In the following years he also built up an Architectural and Design practice embracing furniture, and product design, as well as interior design and architecture. He was joined in partnership with Ian Hodgson and Ray Leigh, both architects. He died in 1981.