Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Peter Nicoll
Designation: Architect
Born: 1878
Bio Notes: James Peter Nicoll was born in Dundee in 1878 and apprenticed to C & W Mitchell & Laugharne, civil engineers in June 1894, transferring to the office of John Bruce & Sons in Dundee when the Mitchell firm closed down shortly thereafter. He completed his apprenticeship in 1898 and remained as junior assistant, subsequently working with Henry Bruce, a civil engineer in Cupar, before joining the Dundee City Engineer & Architect's Department c.1900. Around 1908, suffering from ill health, he emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand, where he obtained an appointment in the Public Works Department under John Campbell, a Glaswegian architect who had been a pupil of John Gordon.

Nicoll was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Campbell, Frederick de Jersey Clere and William Crichton, all of Wellington. His nomination papers state that he was a member of the Concrete Institute, London, and was honorary secretary of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Waverley Private Hotel, Wellington, New ZealandPrivate1912 *  

* 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 7C & W Mitchell & LaugharneJune 1894c. 1895Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7John Bruce & SonAfter 18941898Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7John Bruce & Son18981898 or 1899Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Henry Bruce1898 or 18991900Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Dundee City Architect's Departmentc. 1900c. 1908Assistant 
Item 6 of 7John Campbellc. 1908After 1912AssistantIn Public Works Department
Item 7 of 7Wellington Public Works Departmentc. 1908After 1912AssistantWorking under John Campbell, Government Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Campbell24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Frederick de Jersey Clere24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Crichton24 June 1912for Licentiateship

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 1Before 1906Caldrum Street washhouse  DundeeScotlandAs draughtsman for William Mackison, City Engineer


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 v25 no2050