Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frederick Julian Wass
Designation: Architect
Born: 1871
Bio Notes: Frederick Julian Wass was born in 1871 and articled to Robert Rowand Anderson in 1888, remaining with him as assistant until 1896 and studying at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art under Frank Worthington Simon and Stewart Henbest Capper. His nomination form also refers to the 'Technical College' which presumably means Heriot-Watt. He travelled to Paris, Brussels and Antwerp in August 1894 and made measured drawings of Melrose Abbey in 1896, winning a RIBA measured drawing prize in 1897. In the latter year he moved to London as assistant to Gibson & Russell, transferring to William Young's office after eighteen months. His employment there ended at the close of 1899, and he assisted in several unspecified offices before commencing independent practice in London in 1902. These unspecified offices may have included those of John James Joass and Henry Thomas Hare, as together with Clyde Francis Young, with whom Wass had been collaborating on competition entries for several years, they were his proposers when he was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912. At that date he was practising from 7 Gray's Inn Square but by 1914 there had been some retrenchment as he was practising only from his home address at Hampden House, Phoenix Street. He did not appear in 'Who's who in Architecture' after the First World War.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 27, Gray's Inn Square, London, EnglandBusiness1912 *  
Item 2 of 2Hampden House, Phoenix Street, London, EnglandPrivate/businessBefore 1912After 1914 

* 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 4Wardrop & Anderson18881893Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Wardrop & Anderson18931896Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Gibson & RussellEarly 1897Mid 1898Assistant 
Item 4 of 4William YoungMid 1898Late 1899Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Thomas Hare24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John James Joass24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Clyde Francis Young24 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 1c. 1910Usher Hall  EdinburghScotlandUnsuccessful competition design, probably in collaboration with Clyde Francis Young


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 v26 no2135