Basic Biographical Details

Name: John William Kay
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1890
Bio Notes: John William Kay was born c.1890 and articled to Charles Ower in Dundee from 1906 to 1910, remaining as assistant for a further year. During that time he attended classes at University College Dundee and studied under Patrick Hill Thoms at Dundee Technical College. In 1911 he obtained a post in H M Office of Works in Edinburgh under William Thomas Oldrieve, attending classes at Heriot-Watt College until he passed the qualifying exam in London in 1912. He was admitted ARIBA on 2 December 1912, his proposers being Oldrieve, Thoms and Thoms's partner William Fleming Wilkie. He remained at H M Office of Works until at least 1914.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1912After 1914 

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 3Charles Ower (junior)19061910Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Charles Ower (junior)19101911Assistant 
Item 3 of 3H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)12 June 1911After 1914Draughtsmanin Edinburgh office, working under William Thomas Oldrieve


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)2 December 1912for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms2 December 1912for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Fleming Wilkie2 December 1912for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 A v20 no2336 (microfilm reel 21)