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Lionel Aggett was born in July of 1938 at Whiddon Down, on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon, in the UK. When Lionel was two, his parents moved to Exeter, where he was educated at Exeter School. Studied under J.Francis Smith & Partners, an Exeter and London firm of architects with a part-time education at Exeter College of Art and design, before completing his final portfolio at Kingston School of Art and Architecture. At that time, he was awarded two R.I.B.A. design traveling scholarships to Europe: one to Venice and the northern Italian towns, and the other to the Rome School. The Royal Institute’s external syllabus necessitated a thorough examination in the art of drawing, painting, sciagraphy, lettering, calligraphy, orthographic and perspective projection and the History of Art and Architecture. Elected a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1967 he has been the recipient of six awards for architecture, during a professional career divided equally between private practice (culminating in the Radford, Cruse, Aggett partnership) and local government (principal officer at Exeter).
Aggett discontinued his career as an architect in 1991 in order to paint full time. He has been exhibiting for over 25 years.