Asia. The firm designed and built some of Bombay’s most prestigious buildings which still stand as a lasting testimony to the enormous contribution made by the Mistri family to the development of Bombay city. Minoo’s personal forte lay in designing picturesque but pragmatic structures that were as functional as they were frilly. One of the first buildings he designed and built was the Mercantile Bank’s headquarters in Bombay, now known as HSBC. He was also a consultant to the American Army, including helping to build the large desert Air Base at Wateji. He was also a lecturer and examiner at the Sir J.J. School of Architecture, and founded MARG magazine, an Art and Architecture magazine, in 1946. The firm of Ditchburn, Mistri and Bhedwar finally closed down in 2001 when Minoo retired at the age of 86. He had devoted so much of his time to building his career, and to better himself and the built environment around him, that he had no time for romance. Finally, at the age of fifty, he fell in love with Mani Bengali, who was thirty years his junior. It was a fairytale romance, which also stood the test of time. Minocher passed away in 2009 and is survived by Mani and their daughter Tina. A man of rare integrity and honesty, he is missed by all who came to know him. Tehmuras Jamshedji Mistri [1937-40] 20.11.1923 – 18.05.2005 Tehmuras J. Mistri, also known as Tim, was the youngest child of architect, J.P. Mistri, from Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. He Minoo Mistri’s daughter. Tina Sutaria, contributed this obiturary.
Jamshedji P Mistri. He spent 1926 to 1929 at St Anselm’s Preparatory School in Croydon, and then came to Dulwich. At the College, Minoo was in Marlowe and boarded in Orchard. After leaving Dulwich and completing a three year Army Officers training course, he went to the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture in London from 1938 to 1940. In the evenings, he also studied town planning at the Architectural Association’s School of Planning and Research for National Development. He worked in architecture practices in London from 1937 to 1939, becoming an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (ARIBA) in 1939. He worked as an architectural assistant for Middlesex County Council in 1939/40, and also obtained a Diploma from the Architectural Association (AA Dip). He also became an Associate of the Indian Institute of Architects (AIIA) and subsequently a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and contributed much of his time to them in various capacities over forty years between 1941 and 1981, including editing their journal for twenty years. He was a registered architect in both the UK and later in India. Minocher’s father, J. P. Mistri had set up the Ditchburn, Mistri and Bhedwar firm of architects. Minocher returned to India with his new architecture qualifications in 1940 and joined the firm as a partner, along with his sister, Miss Perin Mistri, who was Asia’s first female architect. Ditchburn, Mistri and Bhedwar played a very important role in the building and development of the city of Bombay, both in colonial times and after independence, building factories, offices, theatres, fire temples, palaces, schools, hospitals, residential and commercial buildings, as well as the first solarium in
started his education at Billimoria School at Panchgani, an Indian hill station, before moving onto Tutorial High School in Bombay. From there, he went to join his elder brothers and sisters in England, and attended Dulwich College, like his two elder brothers. After leaving Dulwich, he returned to India and began a transport business. Like his brothers, Tim was a keen sportsman and was a skating champion in India. He was featured in a book called Parsis and Sports. Parsis are a much-loved small community in India, many of whom have now moved to the UK. At the age of 26, Tim married Silloo Dhunjibhoy and they had a son, Jimmy, but in 1970, Silloo died from cancer, leaving him shattered. Three years later, he married Dolly Daruwala in August 1973. They lived in Mumbai for several years, and were very popular, with Tim’s sharp wit and sense of humour admired by all. Tim passed away in May 2005 and is survived by Dolly.
Minoo Mistri’s daughter. Tina Sutaria, contributed this obiturary.
Michael Stanley Morris [Staff 1974-98] 08.08.1939 – 17.10.2015
Mike Morris was educated at the Bec School
in Tooting, now Ernest Bevin College. After leaving school he went to Exeter University to study classics, graduating in 1961. His love of sport seemed to lead to a change of direction which took him to Carnegie College, Leeds, to obtain a PE diploma and a CertEd in 1962. During his first teaching post at St Olave’s School, he embarked on a part-time degree course at London University
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