Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Duffy
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 October 1892
Died: 1961
Bio Notes: Thomas Duffy was born on 15 October 1892 and was articled to Andrew Scobie & Son of Dunfermline in 1907. On completing his apprenticeship in 1913 he moved to Edinburgh where he joined Hippolyte Jean Blanc as junior assistant and worked on the designs for Edinburgh Ladies College. After only a year there he moved again, to take up a position as assistant to Bradshaw Gass & Hope of Bolton. He subsequently worked from 1920 to 1922 as assistant in the City Architect's Department in Sheffield where he was engaged on housing estate work, and from 1922 to 1924 as assistant to A Brocklehurst & Co in Manchester. In the latter year he was appointed Assistant County Architect in the Lancashire County Architect's Department, Preston. He was elected FRIBA on 9 July 1946, his proposers being Arthur Thomas Nicholson, G Noel Hill and Arthur John Hope, at which time he was still in the same office, having worked on schools, libraries, police stations, court houses, hospitals, welfare centres and sanatoria. He had also undertaken some competition work in collaboration with Charles Bulman Pearson & Son of Lancaster, winning the first premium for Ramsey Grammar School on the Isle of Man, and second premium for Southampton Girls' Secondary Shool.

Duffy would appear to have died in Newton in 1961, his death being registered between October and December of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Ben-arty/24, Greenway, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire, EnglandPrivate1946 *After 1951 

* 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 6Scobie & Son19061913Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Hippolyte Jean Blanc19131914Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Bradshaw Gass & Hope19141920Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Sheffield City Architect's Department19201922Assistant 
Item 5 of 6A Brocklehurst & Co19221924Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Lancashire County Architect's Department1924After 1945Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3G Noel Hill9 July 1946for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Arthur John Hope9 July 1946for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Arthur Thomas Nicholson9 July 1946for Fellowship

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 11913Edinburgh Ladies College  EdinburghScotlandAs junior assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The 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 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no4190 (box 33)