Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Walter Mackenzie Dudding
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 February 1898
Died: 1987
Bio Notes: John Walter Mackenzie Dudding was born on 1 February 1898 and was articled to Donald Matheson of Dingwall in 1914. His training was interrupted by two years' war service but he completed his apprenticeship in 1920. He then secured a position as assistant in the Board of Agriculture for Scotland in Edinburgh, enabling him to study at Edinburgh College of Art.

In 1925 he was admitted to the RIAS and moved to London, where he found employment in H M Office of Works and studied at Regent Street Polytechnic. He left in 1929 and became senior assistant to the Miners' Welfare Commission in 1930, working under John Henry Forshaw and acting as the latter's personal assistant in 1935 and 1936 whilst also serving as honorary editor of the monthly journal 'Plan'. In 1936 he was promoted to architect for the Commission, becoming responsible for the Midlands Coal Fields and overseeing the programme of pithead baths, canteens and other buildings. He was elected FRIBA on 12 December 1944, his proposers being Forshaw, Thomas Cecil Howitt and W A Woodland. Shortly thereafter, in 1946, he left the Commission to practise on his own account.

Dudding died in 1987 his death being registered in Nottingham in June of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1North Lodge, The Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, EnglandPrivate1944 *  

* 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 5Donald Matheson19141920ApprenticeWith the exception of two years' war service.
Item 2 of 5Department of Agriculture for Scotland (later Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland)19201925Assistant 
Item 3 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19251929Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)19301936AssistantUnder J H Forshaw, acting as Forshaw's personal assistant 1935-6
Item 5 of 5Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)19361946ArchitectResponsible for Midlands Coal Fields.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Henry Forshaw12 December 1944for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Cecil Howitt12 December 1944for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3William Albert Woodland12 December 1944for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Eric Toft 10 March 1959For Associateship

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 1After 1925Two housesCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Mrs Jane Dudding in a letter of 27 January 1991
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no4057 (box 32)