Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Thomas Christie Walker
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 June 1913
Died: 2005
Bio Notes: William Thomas Christie Walker was born on 1 June 1913 and was articled to Dick Peddie & Walker Todd from September 1930 to September 1935, attending morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art and evening classes at Heriot-Watt College. On completion of his apprenticeship he continued to study full-time, obtaining his diploma in June 1937. He was admitted ARIBA on 1 January the following year, his proposers being William James Walker Todd, Harold Ogle Tarbolton and Arthur Forman Balfour Paul. At that time he was at the British School at Rome as Rome Scholar (the drawings he produced there were exhibited at the RSA in 1940 (577)). His nomination papers state that he had travelled in France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway prior to that date. His home address was 25 Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh.

Walker returned to teach at the Department of Town Planning, Edinburgh College of Art. He exhibited a scheme for the redevelopment of Leith Street and St James Square, including the site for the National Opera House and by-pass via Calton Road and the Pleasance.

By 1950 Walker had taken the post of Deputy County Architect of West Riding, Yorkshire in whci office he remained until at least 1970/ In 1979 he was ACA Historic Buildings in the County Architect's Office Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

His death was registered in Leeds in October 2005.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 325, Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 3British School at Rome, Villa Giulia, Valle Giulia, Rome, ItalyPrivate/business1939  
Item 3 of 3Wensley House/16, Wensley Drive, Leeds, EnglandPrivate1979  

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1J M Dick Peddie & Walker ToddSeptember 1930September 1935Apprentice 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Forman Balfour Paul10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Harold Ogle Tarbolton10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William James Walker Todd10 January 1938for 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 21934Memorial chapel, student design   Scotland 
Item 2 of 21941Scheme for the redevelopment of Leith Street and St James Square  EdinburghScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 7RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 7RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 7RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1979Directory of members   

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 no6638 (combined box 151)