Basic Biographical Details

Name: Horace Athelstone Woulfe Knight
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 October 1902
Died: 2 June 1975
Bio Notes: Horace Athelstone Woulfe Knight was born at Brae, Lerwick, Shetland on 21 October 1902. He studied full-time at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, Aberdeen from March 1921 to June 1923 and thereafter continued to attend evening classes whilst serving an apprenticeship to Sutherland & George. From May to November 1926 he worked as assistant to George Watt, and subsequently he went to the USA where he joined the Architect's Department of Messrs Armour & Co of Chicago as assistant in February 1927. He remained there until December 1931.

Knight returned to Aberdeen to join George Watt as chief assistant in August 1932. He moved to Southend-on-Sea, Essex to take up an appointment as assistant to E C Cole Ltd in November 1934, and left that office when he secured a position as assistant in the LCC Housing Department in March 1935. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 17 October 1944, his proposers being Henry Hyams, J William Hepburn and R Wilson. His nomination papers give his private address as Withy Cottage, Woodham Lane, Woking, Surrey. Knight emigrated to New Zealand and died aged 72 in Palmerston North on 2 June 1975. He was cremated in Kelvin Grove Crematorium.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Brae, Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, ScotlandPrivate1902 Place of birth
Item 2 of 6Architects Dept, Messrs Armour & Co, Chicago, Illinois, United States of AmericaBusinessFebruary 1927December 1931 
Item 3 of 6E C Cole Ltd, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, EnglandBusinessNovember 1934March 1935 
Item 4 of 6Withy Cottage, Woodham Lane, Woking, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1944 *  
Item 5 of 6Elmcott, Twickenham Road, Hanworth, Berkshire (or Middlessex), EnglandPrivatec. 1950  
Item 6 of 67, Ave Gardens, Teddington, Middlessex, EnglandPrivate1960 *  

* 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 4Sutherland & GeorgeJune 1923May 1926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4George WattMay 1926November 1926Assistant 
Item 3 of 4George WattAugust 1932October 1934Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)March 1935After 1944AssistantIn Housing Department, Westminster


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James William Hepburn17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Henry Hyams17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3R Wilson17 October 1944for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

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 L no5637 (combined box 92)