Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Mackie Venters |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||23 August 1888 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||John Mackie Venters was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife on 23 August 1888, the son of Archibald Venters, engine fitter, and his wife Isabella Mackie. In August 1904 he was articled to Stewart Tough & Alexander of Greenock, attending classes at the Port Glasgow & Greenock Higher Grade School for three years and continuing his studies at the Glasgow School of Architecture and the Royal Technical College under Eugène Bourdon, Charles Gourlay and Alexander McGibbon. In 1911 he became an assistant to Bryden & Robertson but he left in 1912 when he obtained a salaried post in the Caledonian Railway Company Engineer's Office. He returned to the latter office after war service as a topographer and surveyor to the Field Survey Battalion of the Royal Engineers from 1915 to 1919. In February 1920 he moved to the office of Glasgow architect Charles James McNair, and he was admitted ARIBA late the same year under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being John Keppie, William Hunter McNab and William Brown Whitie. |
In 1921 Venters obtained another salaried post, this time with H M Office of Works in London, but in 1923 he emigrated to Shanghai to commence independent practice as architect to Atkinson & Dallas Ltd. He was still there in 1931 when he was admitted FRIBA, his proposers being James Cumming Wynnes of the Office of Works, Harold Graham Fector Robinson of Shanghai, and Bright Fraser.
By 1960 Venters had moved to Canada and was working in Toronto. His son John Mackenzie Venters would appear to have also been an architect and shared his address in the RIBA Directory for 1960. Venters senior had resigned from the RIBA by 1970.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|3, Radnor Terrace, Sandyford, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1920 *|| || |
|c/0 Messrs Atkinson & Dallas/26, Peking Road, Shanghai, China||Business||c. 1930|| || |
|104, Tifeng Road, Shanghai, China||Private||1931 *|| || |
|Municipal Architect's Office, Straits Settlement, Singapore||Business||c. 1938|| || |
|550a, Chruch Street, Toronto, Canada||Business||1960 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1960||The RIBA Kalendar 1959-1960||1959-1960|| || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no3113 (microfilm reel 25); F no2959 (box 14)|