Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Douglas
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 August 1910
Died: 9 August 1993
Bio Notes: James Douglas was born on 29 August 1910, the son of George Goodall Nasmyth Douglas, public assistance officer, and his wife Elizabeth Mackenzie Bell. He studied full-time at Edinburgh College of Art for five years from October 1927. He spent his holidays on sketching tours in Scotland, England and Holland, and was briefly a pupil in the office of James Grant Shearer from February to July 1933. He obtained his diploma on 4 June 1934, and soon thereafter moved to London where he joined the office of Oliver Hill as assistant. He was still in that office when he was admitted ARIBA on 9 March 1936, his proposers being Hill, Alexander Thomson Scott and Leonard Holcombe Bucknell. His nomination papers give a home address of 'Old Sarum', 20 Herbert Road, Stockwell, London. By 1950 he had moved back to Scotland and gave his address in that year as 16 Woodmill Terrace, Dunfermline. Douglas was lected ARIAS in 1954.

Douglas suffered a lack of employment in the early 1970s, being completely unemployed from 20 July 1972 to 15 January 1973 when he obtained a brief temporary job. He was living at St Mary's, King Alexander III Street, Kinghorn, Fife on 23 January of the latter year when he wrote to the RIBA explaining he could no longer afford the subscription fees.

Douglas died on 9 August 1993 at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy. He was survived by his wife Aileen Jessie Hutton Black and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Old Sarum/20, Herbert Road, Stockwell, London, EnglandPrivate1936 *  
Item 2 of 416, Woodmill Terrace, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 4Overdale, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1954After 1960 
Item 4 of 4St Mary's, King Alexander III Street, Kinghorn, Fife, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1965 *After 1973 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2James Grant ShearerFebruary 1933July 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Oliver Falvey Hill5 October 1934After 1936Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Leonard Holcombe Bucknell9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Oliver Falvey Hill9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Thomson Scott9 March 1936for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 4 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterNovember 1993v4, no10  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5961 (combined box 110)