Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Patterson
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 April 1907
Died: 10 February 1977
Bio Notes: John Patterson was born on 8 April 1907, the son of Robert Patterson, bank manager, and his wife Annie Rattray. He was articled to Bruce, Son & Morton of Dundee from 1923 to 1926. He attended classes at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg from 1927, receiving his diploma in June 1932. He was a successful student: a Rome Finalist in 1932-3, he secured the Rowand Anderson Scholarship in 1932, which enabled him to spend twelve weeks travelling in Scotland, and in the same year was awarded the Andrew Grant Scholarship, allowing him to spend ten months touring France, Italy, Germany, Holland and Belgium. He was admitted ARIBA in early 1934, his proposers being John Begg, James Alexander Arnott and Charles Denny Carus-Wilson. His nomination papers indicate that he was working in the office of Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie at the time of his application, and was living in the Camborne Hotel, 63 Leinster Square, W2. He entered the Kincorth housing competition with Alister Gladstone MacDonald in 1935 or 1936.

By 1950 he had joined the Department of Health for Scotland and was working at St Andrew's House.

He died at Cameron Hospital, Windygates on 10 February 1977. He was married twice, first to Agnes Ogilvy and second to Olive Francis Kirkham or Carr. He was described as 'retired City Architect' at the time of his death but of which city has yet to be established.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 47, West Shore, St Monans, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1976 
Item 2 of 4Camborne Hotel/63, Leinster Square, London W2, EnglandPrivateEarly 1934 *  
Item 3 of 41, Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1939 or 1940 *  
Item 4 of 4St Andrews House, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 2Bruce, Son & Morton19231926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie1934 * Assistant(?) 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander ArnottEarly 1934for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John BeggEarly 1934for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Denny Carus-WilsonEarly 1934for 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 11935 or 1936(?)Kincorth Competition   ScotlandThird prize - with Alister Macdonald


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 A no5434 (combined box 78)