Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Thom Currie
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 May 1886
Died: 1952
Bio Notes: Robert Thom Currie was born on 29 May 1886 and was articled to Charles Stewart Still Johnston in Edinburgh in 1901, studying at the School of Applied Art and Heriot-Watt College. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1904 he became assistant to Thomas Forbes Maclennan. The following year he lectured at Heriot-Watt College, and around the same time joined the office of Dunn & Findlay as assistant. In 1906 he moved to London where he worked for Durward Brown, leaving him in 1910 to spend a year with Gordon & Gunton before obtaining a position as managing assistant to Victor Wilkins of 12 York Buildings, Adelphi, London, in 1911. He was admitted LRIBA in February 1925, and was still in Wilkins's office when he was elected FRIBA on 14 October 1947, his proposers being Wilkins, Cyril Arthur Farey and William Lee Clarke. Throughout this period he was living at 54 Blythswood Road, Goodmayes, Essex. He assisted Wilkins as Surveyor to the Peabody Donation Fund (now the Peabody Trust), and by 1947 had overseen the erection of twenty-one housing estates for this and for the Corporation of London and London County Council, as well as various commercial and institutional buildings.

Currie is still listed in the RIBA Directory of 1950-51. He died aged 66 in Ilford, Essex between January and March 1952.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 254, Blythswood Road, Goodmayes, Essex, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1925 *  
Item 2 of 212, York Buildings, Adelphi, London, EnglandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 6Charles Stewart Still Johnston19011905Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Thomas Forbes Maclennan1904c. 1905Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Dunn & Findlayc. 19051905Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Durward Brown19061910Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Gordon & Gunton19101911Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Victor Wilkins1911After 1947Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Lee Clarke14 October 1947for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Cyril Arthur Farey14 October 1947for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Victor Wilkins14 October 1947for Fellowship

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 1190735-37 Albany Street and 3 York Lane  EdinburghScotlandAltered to form R C School


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 no2198 (microfilm reel 24) - declaration only (other papers missing); F no4289 (combined box 5)