Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Frederick Howard
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 March 1906
Died: 1972
Bio Notes: William Frederick Howard was born on 9 March 1906 in London, and was articled to Wills & Armitage there in 1922, attending classes at the Central School of Arts & Crafts and Regent Street Polytechnic. On completing his apprenticeship in 1926 he joined John Murray (probably John Campbell Turner Murray) as junior assistant, moving the following year to the office of Tatchell & Wilson. In 1928 he began attending the Royal Academy Schools and joined Collcutt & Hamp as junior assistant. He left them in 1930 and made a three-month study tour of Belgium, Holland and Germany before becoming senior assistant to Ashley & Newman. Whilst still with the latter firm in 1932 he spent six months travelling in Spain, Denmark and Sweden. The following year he moved to the office of Lanchester & Lodge, and three years later to that of Philip Dalton Hepworth.

From 1934 he collaborated with David Carr (born 1905), who had been a fellow assistant to Collcutt & Hamp, on competition designs. Their proposals for Tunbridge Wells Civic Centre, Hertford County Offices, the Parliament House of Southern Rhodesia and Birmingham Technical College received prizes and commendations but their first successful entry was that of 1937 for Kirkcaldy Municipal Buildings. This appears to have spurred them to commence independent practice together the following year, Howard moving to Edinburgh to enter into partnership with Carr at 30 Rutland Square.

Carr & Howard were forced to abandon a number of projects on the outbreak of war, and it was probably at this time that the partnership was dissolved. Howard was admitted FRIBA on 16 February 1943, his proposers being Henry Vaughan Lanchester, Thomas Arthur Lodge and Lionel G Pearson. His nomination papers give a business address c/o Whytock & Wallace, 21 Alva Street, Edinburgh and a home address c/o 14 Ridge Crest, Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex. By 1949 Carr was back in London, working as chief assistant to Robert Atkinson, and he was admitted FRIBA on 29 November that year, his proposers being Atkinson, Alexander Frederick Berenbruck Anderson and Howard.

Howard died between April and June 1972 at Kensington in London.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 530, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19381939 or 1940(?)And perhaps after this date
Item 2 of 5c/o 14 Ridge Crest, Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex, EnglandPrivate1943 *  
Item 3 of 5c/o Whytock & Wallace/21, Alva Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1943 *  
Item 4 of 520, Kensington Park, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1950  
Item 5 of 521 , Thurloe Street, Kensington, London, EnglandBusiness(?)c. 1960  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 8Wills & Armitage19221926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8John Campbell Turner Murray19261927Junior AssistantFRIBA nomination papers say 'John Murray' - thought to be John Campbell Turner Murray
Item 3 of 8Tatchell & Wilson19271928Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Collcutt & Hamp19281930Junior Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Ashley & Newman19301933Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Lanchester & Lodge19331936Senior Assistant 
Item 7 of 8Philip Dalton Hepworth19361938Senior Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Carr & Howard19381939(?)Partner 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Vaughan Lanchester16 February 1943for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Arthur Lodge16 February 1943for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Lionel Godfrey Pearson16 February 1943for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4David Carr29 November 1949for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4Ian Henry Dodd7 October 1970For Fellowship
Item 3 of 4Francis Henry Lloyd6 January 1955for Associateship
Item 4 of 4David Archibald Hugh Ritchie6 May 1947For 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 131934Civic Centre, Tunbridge WellsTunbridge Wells KentEnglandSecond premiated competition design, in collaboration with David Carr
Item 2 of 131935Hertford County OfficesHertford HertfordshireEnglandCommended competition design
Item 3 of 131936Parliament House  HarareSouthern RhodesiaFourth premiated competition design, in collaboration with David Carr
Item 4 of 131937Birmingham Technical College  BirminghamEnglandSecond premiated competition design, in collaboration with David Carr
Item 5 of 131937Kirkcaldy Town HallKirkcaldy FifeScotlandWon competition to secure job, in collaboration with David Carr; not completed until 1957
Item 6 of 131938Concrete housing for Scottish Special Housing Association LtdSighthill EdinburghScotlandWon competition to secure job; unexecuted due to war
Item 7 of 131938St George's Hospital  LondonEnglandSecond premiated competition design
Item 8 of 131938Technical College  DundeeScotlandCommended competition design
Item 9 of 131938Timber houses for Scottish Special Housing Association LtdKirknewton MidlothianScotland 
Item 10 of 131939Cockburn and Turnbull's premises  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 11 of 131939Exhibition Halls, Waverley Market  EdinburghScotlandSecond premiated competition design (300gs)
Item 12 of 131939Tanfield Primary School  EdinburghScotlandFirst premiated competition design - unexecuted
Item 13 of 13c. 1939Housing scheme for the Scottish Special Housing Association LtdWest Pilton EdinburghScotlandUnexecuted designs

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp157 Kirkcaldy Town House
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 F no3937 (box 30)