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Basic Biographical Details

Name: T Warnett Kennedy
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 March 1911
Died: January 2000
Bio Notes: T Warnett Kennedy was born on 23 March 1911 at 51 Bolton Drove, Mount Florida Glasgow, the son of Harry Kennedy, seaman. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and was articled to Jack Coia in about 1927 remaining with him thereafter apart from a short period with Honeyman & Jack, becoming first senior assistant with Coia. He then formed a brief partnership with Alasdair Cameron Sutherland in 1937 but finally being taken into partnership by Coia in 1938. As a student he had been editor of the magazine 'Vista' published quarterly; it included articles by Hans Poelzig, Ragnar Ostberg, R H Wilenski and other major names of the 1930s. He was very politically minded and after the war he preferred not to rejoin Coia but emigrated to Vancouver where he founded a Building Centre, and an alderman and sometimes deputy mayor in the 1970s. He wrote two books on Vancouver in later life. He ended his career in computer products.

He died in January 2000.

'Vancouver tomorrow' 1974
'Vancouver: fight for it or lose it (1982)
"The Prefabricated House: A Plea For Action", The Builder, 25 September 1942, p268-69

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1239, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1939 or 1940 *  

* 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 4Gillespie Kidd & Coiac. 1927c. 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Gillespie Kidd & CoiaAfter 1930c. 1938Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Honeyman & Jack1937Before 1938  
Item 4 of 4Gillespie Kidd & Coiac. 1938Before 1945Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 91936St Peter-in-Chains RC ChurchArdrossan AyrshireScotlandMainly by Kennedy
Item 2 of 91937Works for Collars LtdAnniesland GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 91938Glasgow Empire Exhibition, Palace of Industries NorthBellahouston GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 91938Glasgow Empire Exhibition, post officeBellahouston GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 91938Glasgow Empire Exhibition, RC Chapel and PavilionBellahouston GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 91938Knightswood Senior Secondary School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 91938Stirling Municipal BuildingsStirling StirlingshireScotlandProposed completion of building as designed by John Gaff Gillespie: contractors' huts erected 1939, but project abandoned due to World War II
Item 8 of 91939St Columbkille's RC Church and PresbyteryRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 91954Knightswood Senior Secondary School  GlasgowScotlandRedesigned and built school


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp11 Image of T Warnett Kennedy's 'The New Health Service' exhibition in Edinburgh
Item 2 of 3Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of T Warnett Kennedy's stepson, Roger WardInformation via DSA website. Sent June 2009
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from notes by Ninian Johnston who was assistant editor at Vista and fellow student at Glasgow School of Architecture; and from T Warnett Kennedy in a letter to Charles McKean 12 June 1989


© All rights reserved.  and courtesy of Roger Ward 

© All rights reserved. and courtesy of Roger Ward