Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin and London. Elizabeth Sides, a daughter of JOHN FRANCIS SIDES JOHN FRANCIS SIDES , chief engineer of the Great Southern Railways,(1) was educated at Alexandra College, Dublin, and studied architecture at University College, Dublin, graduating B.Arch. in November 1935.(2) According to her obituarist in the Irish Builder her university career was a brilliant one; the year before she graduated, in 1934, she won the Architectural Association prize in design. After graduating she went to London, where she worked in the office of Sir Rodney Thomas and for Middlesex County Council under William(?) Curtis Green. At the outbreak of the Second World War she returned to Dublin and joined the staff of the Office of Public Works. In 1940, when she was only twenty-eight, she died in a canoeing accident. Her obituarist recalls her enthusiasm, describing her as 'a great exponent of the modern school of thought'.

AAI: elected member, 1932; no longer on list of members for session of 1938-39.
AA (London): member.
RIBA: associate.

Address: The Laurels, Kilmainham, 1932-1937.


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the obituary of Elizabeth Sides in IB 82, 8 Jun 1940, 365, and AAI lists of members.

(1) This can be inferred from the Thom's directories. John Sides, who lived at Sevenoaks, Sarsfield Road, Inchicore, died in 1930 or 1931; his widow had moved to The Laurels, 56 Inchicore Road, by 1932.
(2) She has been omitted from the list of graduates of the school in Annexe 3 (1981), 164.