Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Anderson Moodie
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 August 1874
Died: 3 March 1948
Bio Notes: Thomas Anderson Moodie was born in Blythswood, Glasgow on 13 August 1874, the son of William Moodie and Mary Walker Rankin. He was articled to James Lindsay on 15 September 1889, studying at the Glasgow School of Art under William James Anderson. He remained with Lindsay as a draughtsman until February 1897 when he moved to John Bennie Wilson's office. In June 1899 he moved to London to work in the office of Stevenson & Redfern, passing the qualifying exam in November that year, and he was admitted ARIBA on 5 March 1900, his proposers being John James Stevenson, William Forrest Salmon and Campbell Douglas. Around this time he won the Soane Medallion. His nomination papers state that he had made three week-long summer sketching tours prior to that date - to Lincoln in 1896, to Oxford in 1897 and to Durham and York in 1898.

In 1902 Moodie joined the staff of the LCC Architects Department, where he met Emmanuel Vincent Harris. Both left in 1903, Moodie setting sail for Johannesburg where he commenced practice as chief architect to the Central and South African Railway. He returned to London in 1908 to enter into partnership with Harris at 8 New Square, Lincoln's Inn. In 1909 they won the competition for Glamorgan County Buildings, a project which was completed in 1911, whereupon the partnership was dissolved. In that year Moodie formed a new partnership with Thomas Millwood Wilson, a friend and colleague at Stevenson & Redfern's, and Harold Ian Merriman from Edward Guy Dawber's office, their office being at 4 Staple Inn, Holborn. The Great War brought about the closure of the practice in 1916 when Moodie went into government service for the remainder of the war.

In 1920 Moodie joined the partnership of Josiah Gunton and his son William Henry Gunton, who had inherited the long-established practice of Gordon & Lowther on Lowther's retirement. This partnership lasted until 1938. Moodie had earlier been admitted FRIBA on 14 February 1927, proposed by Wilson, Merriman and William Henry Gunton. He retired as a Fellow of the RIBA in 1940 and died on 3 March 1948.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 610, Artesian Road, Bayswater, London W, EnglandPrivate1900 *  
Item 2 of 68, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London, EnglandBusiness19081911 
Item 3 of 64, Staple Inn, Holborn, London, EnglandBusiness19111916 
Item 4 of 6Finsbury House, Blomfield Street, London EC, EnglandBusiness1918After 1927 
Item 5 of 643, Wolseley Road, Crouch End, London N, EnglandPrivate1927 *  
Item 6 of 6Empire House, St Martin's-le-Grand, London, EnglandBusiness1934 *  

* 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 10James Lindsay15 September 188915 September 1894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 10James Lindsay15 September 189416 February 1897Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 10John Bennie Wilson16 February 18971 June 1899Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 10Stevenson & Redfern1 June 18991902Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 10London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19021903Assistant 
Item 6 of 10South African Railways Chief Civil Engineer's Department, Architectural Branch19031908Chief Architect 
Item 7 of 10Harris & Moodie19081911Partner 
Item 8 of 10Harris, Moodie, & Towse1909 Partner 
Item 9 of 10Moodie, Wilson & Merriman19111916Partner 
Item 10 of 10Gunton & Gunton19181938Partner(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Campbell Douglas5 March 1900for Associateship
Item 2 of 6William Henry Gunton14 February 1927for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Harold Ian Merriman14 February 1927for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6William Forrest Salmon5 March 1900for Associateship
Item 5 of 6John James Stevenson5 March 1900for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Thomas Millwood Wilson14 February 1927for 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 21903Central Station Buildings  JohannesburgSouth Africa 
Item 2 of 21909Glamorgan County Buildings  CardiffWalesWon competition to secure job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary  p206
Item 3 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 4 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1926    
Item 5 of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints: Website 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalMay 1948v55London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp321 - obituary

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 v14 p85 (microfiche 68/B3); F no2464 (microfilm reel 34)