Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Black Hector
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 June 1879
Bio Notes: John Black Hector was born on 12 June 1879 and was articled to William Kelly of W & J Smith & Kelly in Aberdeen fron 1896 to 1902. In the latter year he moved to London to work for Thomas Ballantine, a Bournemouth-trained Scot who had worked for J J Stevenson. Thereafter he worked in the offices of Hall Jones & Cummings and George Thomas Hine until he obtained a post with the LCC Architects Department in 1904. He remained there until 1913 when he set up practice in partnership with Frederick Arthur Walker, who was in the LCC schools division. The partnership was dissolved in 1915 when Walker enlisted in the Royal Engineers.

Hector was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Arthur Spottiswood Jones (no obvious connection with Hector), Arthur William Sheppard, a former architect to the London School Board, and Harold Griffiths of the LCC Schools Department.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 26 St Ann's Villas, Royal Crescent, Kensington, London, EnglandPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 2122 Wymering Mansions, Maida Vale, London, EnglandPrivate1914 *  

* 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 6W & J Smith and Kelly18961902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Thomas Ballantine1902Before 1904Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 6Hall-Jones & CummingsAfter 19021904Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 6George Thomas HineAfter 1902Before 1904Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 6London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19041913Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Hector & Walker19131915Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Harold Griffiths20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Spottiswood Jones20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Arthur William Sheppard20 July 1911for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

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 L v18 no1326