Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Addison
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 December 1894
Died: 1969
Bio Notes: Joseph Addison was born on 12 December 1894 and was articled to Wilsons & Walker of Aberdeen in 1909, attending classes at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College. He completed his apprenticeship in 1914 and subsequently spent a short period working as assistant to 'Messrs Burnett & Reid', who have yet to be identified. He returned to his studies after serving in the First World War, obtaining his diploma and post-diploma at the same School in 1919-20, and in the latter year secured a position as assistant in Sir John James Burnet's Glasgow office. In 1921 he was awarded a Scottish Board of Education travelling scholarship which enabled him to spend six months of the following two years making study tours, having moved to Leeds to commence practice on his own account in the year of the award. He undertook further travels between 1924 and 1928, amounting to two months in total, and was awarded the RIBA Athens Bursary in 1931, enabling him to spend a month in the Greek capital.

He was elected FRIBA in early 1933, his proposers being George Herbert Foggitt and John Clifford Procter of Leeds, and Norman Culley of Huddersfield. By that time he had been appointed Head of the School of Architecture at Leeds College of Art, continuing his private practice concurrently with his academic position.

Addison's address by about 1948 was in Working, Surrey, suggesting he had relinquished his teacing post in Leeds. He was still at the same address in Surrey until the mid-1950s but withdrew from the RIBA by 1960. He died in early 1969 in Worthing in Sussex, his death being registered between April and June of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 39, Church Terrace, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1919 *  
Item 2 of 3Highbank, Moor Avenue, Leeds, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1933 *  
Item 3 of 3Redtiles, Woodham Road, Horsell, Woking, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1940sAfter 1955 

* 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 3Wilsons & Walker19091914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Burnett & Reid1914c. 1915Assistant 
Item 3 of 3John Burnet, Son & Partners19201921Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Alexander Ogg Allan1 March 1920for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Norman CulleyEarly 1933for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6George Herbert FoggittEarly 1933for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Alexander Marshall Mackenzie1 March 1920for Associateship
Item 5 of 6John Clifford ProcterEarly 1933for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6George Watt1 March 1920for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 8Elizabeth Senga Aglen12 December 1940for Associateship
Item 2 of 8Douglas William McNair Calder4 April 1938For Associateship
Item 3 of 8Frederick William Meston16 February 1943for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 8John Needham19 October 1948For Fellowship
Item 5 of 8Barbara Mary Reeves Palmer16 December 1941For Associateship
Item 6 of 8Philip Houghton Redknap5 December 1968For Fellowship
Item 7 of 8Frank Stower9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 8 of 8Leslie Hugh Wilson (known as Hugh Wilson)1935For Associateship

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 1After 1921House, BalmellieTurriff AberdeenshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v25 no2852 (microfilm reel 23); F no3103 (box 17)