Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Kirkwood Currie
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1892
Died: 5 November 1920
Bio Notes: John Kirkwood Currie was born about 1892, the only son of Rev and Mrs Hugh H Currie of Aberdeen. He served his apprenticeship with Wilsons & Walker of Aberdeen from January 1909 to January 1914 and then entered the office of Niven & Wigglesworth as improver, being promoted to assistant in September the same year. He did not enjoy good health and was not accepted for active service during the First World War but entered the Ministry of Munitions where he was a member of the Air Factory construction staff in the Department of Explosive Supply.

In September 1918 he returned to the practice of Niven & Wigglesworth as their head draughtsman. He was elected ARIBA on 3 March the following year, his proposers being David Barclay Niven, Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth and Arthur Clyne; Wigglesworth described him in his supporting statement as 'thoroughly competent and well educated'.

He died from pneumonia on 5 November 1920 at the age of 28.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 175, Onslow Gardens, Muswell Hill, London, EnglandPrivate1919 *  

* 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 5Wilsons & WalkerJanuary 1909January 1914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Niven & WigglesworthJanuary 1914September 1914ImproverWith the exception of war service
Item 3 of 5Niven & WigglesworthSeptember 1914March 1916Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Ministry of MunitionsMarch 1916September 1918Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Niven & WigglesworthLate 1918After 1920Chief Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Clyne3 March 1919for Associateship
Item 2 of 3David Barclay Niven3 March 1919for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth3 March 1919for Associateship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News28 November 1919  p453 - obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal22 November 1919 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp39 - obituary

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 v24 no2719 (microfilm reel 23)