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:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|30, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1938||1939 or 1940(?)||And perhaps after this date|
|c/o 14 Ridge Crest, Ridgeway, Enfield, Middlesex, England||Private||1943 *|| || |
|c/o Whytock & Wallace/21, Alva Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1943 *|| || |
|20, Kensington Park, London, England||Business||c. 1950|| || |
|21 , Thurloe Street, Kensington, London, England||Business(?)||c. 1960|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Glendinning, Miles||1997||Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75 || ||Tuckwell Press Ltd||p157 Kirkcaldy Town House|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||F no3937 (box 30)|