Architect George built his life on solid ground

Brightwater Home resident George reads up on Cistercian monasteries.

With no plans to move, architect George Robinson is settled comfortably in Enliven’s Brightwater Home with family close by.

Originally from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire, George’s career choice was in part inspired by the city’s Medieval castle.

It took George seven years to gain his degree, which hangs on the wall of his Brightwater Home room.

“I found qualifying hard work but great fun,” he says.

George spent five years at the Nottingham School of Art and Design and then began his practical experience in the architectural department at the Somerset local authority in Mendip.

“Because I could draw I would advise on commercial plans people had bought and intended to alter. If they’d purchased a listed building and wanted to appeal any ruling about what they could and couldn’t do, I could advocate on their behalf.”

A lover of ancient stone buildings George is not inspired by some modern architecture.

“It’s all about steel framing, twisted shapes that look like they’ll topple over. Give me a Gothic church with a graceful spire pointing up through trees or even better, a Cistercian monastery with perfect sightlines,” he says.

Three of George’s pen and ink drawings of buildings he particularly admires; the 1st-century AD Arch of Titus, Lincoln Cathedral and a detail from the Lady Chapel hang above his bed.

At Brightwater Home George enjoys watching history and nature documentaries on his large screen TV. He keeps up with global developments through his subscriptions to the London Review of Books and science publications.

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