Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Newhall Duncan
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 September 1902
Died: 1974
Bio Notes: Thomas Newhall Duncan was born on 19 September 1902 and was articled to Alexander Murray Hardie of Edinburgh in 1914. He completed his apprenticeship in 1924, having studied for five years at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. He remained with Hardie for one year as junior assistant before moving to the office of Alan Keith Robertson, and left Robertson a year later to work as senior assistant to Frank Wood. In 1929 he emigrated to South Africa where he secured a position as senior assistant to Kallenbach, Kennedy & Furner in Johannesburg. Whilst there he passed the final exam at Witwatersrand University in November 1932, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA the following year, his proposers being Robert Howden, Sydney Charles Dowsett and another. He retained his membership of the Edinburgh Architectural Association until at least the late 1930s.

He became a member of the TPIA in 1933. About this time he left Kallenbach, Kennedy & Furner and set up in independent practice. He joined J A Moffat after J H Marvey's death in 1936 and took over the practice of Moffat & Harvey in 1939 on Moffat's retirement. He later was a partner in the practice Duncan Gill & Paterson which was based in Johannesberg.

Duncan resigned from the Institute of South African Architects in 1972. He died in 1974.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 36A, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1930 or 1931 * Given as his address in RIBA Kalendars
Item 2 of 321, Parktown Court, Parktown, Johannesburg, South AfricaPrivate1933 *  
Item 3 of 3603-605, Union Castle Building, Loveday Street, Johannesburg, South AfricaPrivate/business(?)1939 *  

* 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 5Alexander Murray Hardie19141925ApprenticePresumably with the exception of war service
Item 2 of 5Alexander Murray Hardie19251926Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Alan Keith Robertson19261927Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Frank Wood19271929Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Kallenbach, Kennedy & Furner1929After 1933Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Sydney Charles DowsettMid 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Robert HowdenMid 1933for Associateship


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 no5154 (combined box 60)