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Romanian architect, whose style was described by architecture historian Augustin Ioan as ’’rural, archaic, pre-Romanian, if there is anything Romanian in architecture. Extremely simple, essentialized, the four villas designed by Boceanu, a young man at the time, suggested, along with Ms. Delavrancea’s works that such a trans-ethnic exploration of the topic of the ancient past was possible.’’ The villas Arch. Augustin Ioan was referring to are those mentioned by Arch. Grigore Ionescu in his history of architecture in Romania, especially Dițulescu and Coc villas in Câmpina. The same architect attributed Boceanu the Caraiman ensemble in Bucegi, built in the 1960s, ’’a respectable work, where the reference to vernacular is subdued and modernized.” 
(Andrei Răzvan Voinea, 2017)
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

     
    (Câmpina, 1906 - 1984)
     
    Academic/specialized studies
    1933 - Graduation year.
     
    Public/professional activity (affiliations, administrative positions, committees)
     Starting with the 1960s he worked at the Design Institute in Ploiești, Prahova.
     


    PROJECTS


     COMPLETED/INCOMPLETE PROJECTS
     
    Architectural projects
    1933 - Boceanu villa, 13 Av. Stâlpeanu Street, Bucharest;
    1933 - C. Popovici building, 44 A Argentina Street, Bucharest;
    1933 - E. and F. Moldoveanu villa, Filipescu Park (now 7A Atena Street, Bucharest). Between 1971 and 1988, this villa was the residence of architect Radu Patrulius.
    1933 - I. Manughevici villa, 12 Aviator Iuliu Tetrat Street, Bucharest;
    1934 - Dr. Philippide villa, Câmpina;
    1934 - Dițulescu villa, Câmpina;
    1934 - Coc villa, Câmpina;
    1936 - Villa at number 7 on Atena Street (previously Zoe), Bucharest;
    1937 - Villa in Brebu;
    1937 - Elias building, 36 Nicolae Bălcescu Blvd., Bucharest;
    1938 - Villa at number 8 on Atena Street, Bucharest;
    1940 - Heroes Cathedral in Câmpina (unachieved project);
    1960(?) - Caraiman Ensemble in Bucegi Mountains;
    1979 - Wine cellar in Seciu, Prahova;
    1979 - Movie theatre in Ploiești.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY

     
    Primary sources:
    BÂRSAN, Andrei, NICULAE, Raluca, TEODORESCU, Sidonia, ȚELEA, Vasile, Dicționar al arhitecturii românești moderne (sec. XIX, XX, XXI) (literele A-C), Bucharest, 2012, https://issuu.com/dictionaruar/docs/dictionar_arhitecti_si_cladiri_ac_u 
    CONSTANTIN, Paul, Dicționar universal al arhitecților, Editura Științifică și Enciclopedică, Bucharest, 1977, p. 260.
    CELAC, Mariana, CARABELA, Octavian, MARCU-LĂPĂDAT, Marius, Bucureşti - arhitectură şi modernitate - un ghid adnotat, Editura Simetria, Bucharest, 2005.
    IONESCU, Grigore, Arhitectura pe teritoriul României de-a lungul veacurilor, Editura Academiei Republicii Socialiste România, Bucharest, 1982, p. 583-589.
    IOAN, Augustin, „Doi arhitecți importanți de (re)cunoscut”, online, at  http://atelier.liternet.ro/articol/12457/Augustin-Ioan/Doi-arhitecti-importanti-de-recunoscut.html
    MACHEDON, Luminiţa, SCOFFHAM, Ernie, Romanian Modernism: The Architecture of Bucharest 1920-1940, MIT.
    POPESCU, Toader, „Radu Patrulius, Omul și vremurile”, in: Arhitectura magazine, 12 August 2014, available online at http://arhitectura-1906.ro/2014/08/radu-patrulius-omul-si-vremurile/, apud PATRULIUS, Irina, Viața într-o casă din anii ’30, în Povestea caselor, Editura Simetria, Bucharest, 2000, p. 218.
     
    Secondary sources:
    Article Virgil Nițulescu - no. 36https://armyuser.blogspot.ro/2009/09/virgil-nitulescu-nr-36.html/
    Arhitectura magazine, Society of Romanian Architects, 1934.
    Arhitectura. Trimestrial de arhitectură şi urbanistică, no. 1, magazine, Society of Romanian Architects, Bucharest, 1940.