10.5.1927 – 21.2.2024

James Derrick Kendrick BSc. Tech, C.Eng. (UK), MCIBSE, MSLL, LFIES, Hon RAIA. Academic and later Visiting Research Fellow, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, The University of Adelaide.

Well known among Architectural students for his Building Science course, as Derrick ran the subject in every year of the degree over the period from 1958 to 1992. Having obtained his qualifications and early teaching experience in Manchester and Glasgow UK, he was employed by Professor Rolf Jensen to set up and teach the Building Science component of the new Architecture Degree at the University of Adelaide.

The whole of the new architecture degree course consisted of Architectural Design, Construction, Structural Engineering and Building Science – in order to train Architects as fully as possible.  After later reviews Derrick indicated that under Professor Jensen it was found to be much the highest teaching and student contact load for any Australian Architecture Course.

Derrick remained with the Faculty through the tenure of a number of other Professors (Sanders and Radford) and Heads of School, acting as Dean on 3 occasions and appointed as Head of School on 3 other occasions.

His long-term involvement with the Architecture students and in particular with their research projects meant that he remembered many individuals and was remembered by them for his style, idiosyncrasies and commitment to teaching.


In addition, Derrick also researched daylight and illumination and was author of many publications on these and other Building Science topics including materials, acoustics, ergonomics, thermal aspects of buildings and energy conservation while he was teaching in the Faculty. He also ran conferences and advised on teaching Architectural Science.

At the end of 1992 the Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter recognised him as an Honorary member for his work in teaching building science to architectural students over 34 years. He continued his teaching activities as a Visiting Research Fellow into 2012.

Derrick’s career as a University academic and member of several professional organisations, including the Illuminating Engineering Society, has seen his great contribution to building science and in particular to daylighting research both nationally and internationally. His legacy lies in the education of architects from the Adelaide University who have incorporated building science into design and become successful throughout Australia.


Family and friends of Derrick are invited to attend a service to celebrate his life, to be conducted at Enfield Memorial Park, Wattle 1 Chapel, on Thursday, 29th of February 2024, commencing at 3:30pm.

If you are unable to attend the service, please join us via the livestream. 

Details can be found on the Country Road Funerals Facebook page.

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