Basic Biographical Details

Name: Albert Hartwell
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 March 1906
Died: 1974
Bio Notes: Albert Hartwell was born on 12 March 1906 and was articled to Pritchard, Godwin & Clist of Bank Buildings, Kidderminster from April 1922, studying at Kidderminster School of Art, Birmingham School of Art and under 'Mr G Drysdale FRIBA'. He remained with the same firm as assistant after completing his apprenticeship, during which time he was admitted an Associate of the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors. In October 1931 he was appointed by the Glasgow-based cinema and industrial specialist George Arthur Boswell to run a branch office in Wolverhampton. He was still in that position, under the post of chief assistant, when he was admitted LRIBA on 19 June 1945, his proposers being Boswell, W Allan Wood and Hubert Clist. Boswell wrote in his supporting statement: 'he has acted as Chief Assistant in connection with important works in the Wolverhampton area. His knowledge of design and construction eminently qualify him to become a Licentiate of the Royal Institute of British Architects.'

Hartwell was elected FRIBA in 1968 and is still listed in the RIBA Directory in 1970. He does not appear in the Directory for 1979. He died in 1974 in Wolverhampton, his death being registered between July and September.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Qupana, Braden Road, Penn, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, EnglandPrivate1945 *  
Item 2 of 34, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, EnglandBusiness1945 *After 1950 
Item 3 of 338, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1960After 1970 

* 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 1George Arthur BoswellOctober 1931After 1945Chief AssistantIn charge of Boswell's Wolverhampton office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1George Arthur Boswell4 January 1945for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5758 (combined box 98)