Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Herbert Ryle |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1881 |
|Died: ||14 March 1966 |
|Bio Notes: ||Herbert Ryle was born in 1881, the son of John Thomas Ryle pf Crook, County Durham and was articled to Armstrong & Wright, Newcastle from 1899 to 1903, studying at Durham College School of Art. In 1903 he obtained a post as assistant in the Edinburgh branch of the Office of Works under William Thomas Oldrieve, but moved to London to work for James Glen Sivewright Gibson in the following year, passing the qualifying exam in 1905. He was admitted ARIBA on 5 March 1906, his proposers being Charles Francis Armstrong of Armstrong & Wright, Gibson and Arthur Benjamin Plummer of Newcastle. His nomination papers list his travels as a tour of Yorkshire in August 1902, a week in Lincoln in September 1903, a week in Durham in August 1904, and a fortnight in Normandy in July 1905, including Rouen and Caen. |
After he had qualified, Ryle returned to the Office of Works in Edinburgh some time before 1914, and remained there. He is known to have carried out the reconstruction of York Buildings, Queen Street, Edinburgh in 1919 as he signed the drawings. In that year he was appointed OBE and in the following year he returned to London working in the headquarters of H M Office of Works on the palaces as he was appointed MVO in 1929 and CVO in 1939. He continued working throughout the Second World War and chaired the Committee on Building Materials Standardisation from 1942.
His wife, Mary Wilson, daughter of George Weir Wilson, predeceased Ryle who latterly lived at the Vale Royal Hotel, Tunbridge Wells.
Ryle died on 14 March 1966.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|9, Avignon Road, Brockley, London, England||Private||1906 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|John Thomas Galletly||20 July 1911||for 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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1919||York Buildings|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Porch added and reconstruction - as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Who Was Who|| ||Who was Who|| || ||For the years 1961-70|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Building||18 March 1966||v210|| ||p88 - obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Frederick MacManus recollections|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A v16 p135 (microfilm reel 19)|