Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Wyllie Clark Shewan
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 July 1905
Died: 21 June 1984
Bio Notes: William Wyllie Clark Shewan was born on 18 July 1905 and was articled to Kelly & Nicol of Aberdeen for three years from August 1923 whilst attending evening classes. In September 1926 he became a full-time student at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College, where he gained his diploma in 1928 and his post-diploma in 1929, being exempt from the RIBA final examination and passing the Professional Practice exam in the latter year. He was admitted ARIBA at the end of that year or early the next, his proposers being James Brown Nicol, John Alexander Ogg Allan and Robert Gordon Wilson Junior. His employment status at that time is not known but he was living at 14 Calsayseat Road, Aberdeen.

From 1933 to 1938 Shewan was architect in charge of maintenance and additions and alterations to Government buildings in Hong Kong. In the latter year he became Technical Sercretary to the Director of Public Works. From 1941 until 1945 he was interned as a prisoner of war in Hong Kong but resumed his previous post with the Public Works Department after the cease of hostilities.

He was elected FRIBA on 3 April 1951, his proposers being James Brown Nicol, John G Marr and E F Davies. At the time of his election he was working for the Public Works Department in Hong Kong. He was responsible for a range of work including a police office and accommodation blocks in Kowloon City, restoration of war damaged houses at The Peak and a large house at Steko.

He died in New South Wales, Australia on 21 June 1984.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 314, Calsayseat Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1929After 1930 
Item 2 of 3Embassy Court/14, Hysan Avenue, Hong KongPrivate1960 *After 1965 
Item 3 of 316, Lynwood Court, Lendfield, New South Wales, AustraliaPrivateBefore 19791984 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Kelly & NicolAugust 1923August 1926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Public Works Department Architectural Office, Hong Kong1950s Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Alexander Ogg AllanLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Edward Foulkes Davies3 April 1951For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6John Gibb Marr3 April 1951For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6James Brown NicolLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 5 of 6James Brown Nicol3 April 1951For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)Late 1929 or early 1930for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   

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 A no4426 (combined box 13); F no4606 (Combined Box 24)