Basic Biographical Details

Name: Adam Bryce Kerr
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 May 1910
Died: 17 November 1975
Bio Notes: Adam Bryce Kerr was born on 23 May 1910, one of the sons of William Kerr, partner in John Melvin & Son of Alloa who spent most of his life living in Houston. The father moved late in his life to Edinburgh for the purposes of his sons' education, and Adam studied full-time at Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg for six years from October 1928, joining Richardson & McKay as junior assistant to John Ross McKay in October 1934. In June 1935 he had received his diploma, and he was admitted ARIBA on 9 March 1936, his proposers being John Begg, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and Ebenezer James MacRae. At that time he was still in the Richardson & McKay office at 4 Melville Street, and was living at 41 Comely Bank Road, presumably his parental home. His nomination papers state that he had travelled to Sweden in 1927, to Hereford (? - his handwriting is unclear) in 1925 and to Gloucester in 1926.

In the difficult post-war years he preferred to join the staff of the Scottish Office rather than seek a partnership with John Melvin & Son. A reserved man, he was a friend of Robert Scott Morton and Alan Reiach. He died on 17 November 1975 leaving a widow, Mary, living at 11A Cumin Place, Edinburgh.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 211A, Cumin Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1975 
Item 2 of 241, Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1936After 1950 

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 1Richardson & McKayOctober 1934After 1936Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Ebenezer James MacRae9 March 1936for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from A Bryce Kerr, Alfred G Lochhead, John Watson, Alan Reiach, Robert Scott Morton, Gordon Biggar (Kerr) and David M Walker
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5980 (combined box 111) (includes death note)