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Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Sir) James Grey West
Designation: Architect
Born: 1885
Died: 15 June 1951
Bio Notes: James Grey West was born in Cardiff in 1885 and articled to Edgar Down in Cardiff c.1900. He was appointed a temporary draughtsman in the Office of Works in 1904 and became an assistant architect in 1911. He was awarded OBE in 1930 and succeeded Sir Richard Allison as chief architect for Thomas Smith Tait's St Andrew's House, which he thought 'too individualistic'. He was knighted in 1936. He held the post of Director of Post War Planning during the Second World War and he retired in 1945. He died on 15 June 1951 at his residence, "Rosewarne,"Beer, Devon. His cremation took place at Weymouth on 18 June 1951

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1London, England(?)Business   

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 4Edgar George Cusson Downc. 19001904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19041911DraughtsmanIn London office
Item 3 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19111934AssistantIn London office
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1934 Chief ArchitectIn London office

RIBA

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Archibald Kirkwood Dodds8 February 1949for Fellowship

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Walker, David M1989St Andrews House: an Edinburgh controversy, 1912-39   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Times19 June 1951  p1 - desths

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