Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Douglas Adam
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 May 1907
Died: 29 April 1986
Bio Notes: John Douglas Adam was born on 19 May 1907 and entered the office of Thomas Walker Clark on 21 November 1927, attending evening classes at Dundee Technical College from the following year. From January to March 1930 he worked in the office of T H Hogg, Burgh Engineer of Arbroath, and in April joined the firm of Gordon & Scrymgeour, Dundee, continuing to study at Dundee Technical College. He passed the intermediate RIBA exam in Edinburgh in June 1932 and entered the employment of the London County Council on 2 October 1932. He continued his formal training for a short period with evening classes at Regent Street Polytechnic.

Adam passed part of the final exam in July 1935 after evening studies at home and six months' preparatory correspondence with L Stuart Stanley. Stanley was among his proposers for admittance as ARIBA On 30 November 1936, the others being Henry Hyams and another whose name is difficult to decipher but appears to be Edwin Williams. At that time he was still working in the LCC Architects' Department.

He died on 29 April 1986; immediately prior to his death he had been living at Windrush Cottage, Brechin Road, Montrose.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Avondale Hotel, Tavistock Place, London WC1, EnglandPrivate1936 *  
Item 2 of 2Windrush Cottage, Brechin Road, Montrose, Angus, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1986 *  

* 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 4Thomas Walker Clark21 November 1927December 1929Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4T H HoggJanuary 1930March 1930Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Gordon & ScrymgeourApril 1930December 1932Assistant 
Item 4 of 4London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)After 1933After 1936Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Hyams30 November 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Leslie Stuart Stanley30 November 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Edwin Williams30 November 1936(?)for Associateship (unclear signature - may be a misreading)


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 6114 (combined box 120)