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Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Bell |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||14 September 1910 |
|Died: ||19 April 1967 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Bell was born on 14 September 1910 and was articled to James Miller of Glasgow from 1927 to 1932, concurrently studying at Glasgow University where he was awarded a second-class honours BSc in 1931 and at the Royal Technical College where he received his diploma in 1932. He was admitted ARIBA in the latter year, his proposers being Miller, Thomas Harold Hughes and George Arthur Boswell. He remained with Miller until 1934, when he joined Frank Burnet & Boston as an assistant. He was made a partner of the latter practice in 1937, although the firm's name remained unchanged until 1961 when it became Frank Burnet, Bell & Partners. |
During the Second World War Bell commanded 554 Field Company the Royal Engineers and was awarded the DSO and mentioned in dispatches. While he was on war service Burnet opened an office in Greenock in 1943. In the post-war years he and Bell had a very large practice in which they were assisted by Hamish Hill and James Rennie. Bell was elected FRIBA on 10 February 1948, his proposers being Alexander Nisbet Malcolm, William McCrea and James Steel Maitland.
Bell was active in both public and professional life as Deacon of the Incorporation of Masons, member of the RIBA Council, representative of the RIAS's Glasgow chapter, vice-chairman of the Governors of Glasgow School of Art, member of convocation of the University of Strathclyde, chairman of the Governors of Kelvinside Academy and Controller of Civil Defence for Bute. He died at the early age of fifty-six on 19 April 1967.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|9, Botanic Crescent, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1932||1939 or 1930|| |
|Tister, Blanefield, Stirlingshire, Scotland||Private||1948 *|| || |
|180, Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Before 1948||After 1964||With Frank Burnet & Boston|
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press|| |
|Municipal Annual||1964||Scottish Municipal Annual||1964-1965|| || |
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIBA Journal||July 1967|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||Obituary by Ninian Johnston|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Additional information from Iain Paterson|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no4943 (combined box 46); F no4327 (combined box 8) - assistantship and practice details are taken from these sources; others conflict but are secondary sources and therefore less reliable|
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