Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Herbert Henry Reid |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||9 August 1895 |
|Died: ||1952 |
|Bio Notes: ||Herbert Henry Reid was born on 9 August 1895 and was articled to John Alexander Ogg Allan, Architect to Aberdeen Education Authority, in August 1912 or 1914 (his ARIBA and FRIBA papers disagree on dates). He studied at the Aberdeen School of Architecture, but his career was interrupted by military service from 1914 to 1919. He returned to Allan's office to complete his apprenticeship thereafter, receiving his diploma in July of the latter year, and remained in Allan's office until 1920 when he joined George Bennett Mitchell as chief assistant. In that year he received his post-diploma and was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being Allan, Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and George Watt. |
He moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1921 as senior assistant to Cackett & Burns Dick, leaving after a year to become senior assistant to Bradshaw Gass & Hope in Bolton. In 1925 he emigrated to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), where he worked for two years for the Public Works Department before commencing practice on his own account in the partnership of Edwards Reid & Booth. The firm was initially based in Colombo, but later opened a branch office in Madras, Southern India. In 1936 Kenneth Andrew Begg entered the Madras office as a partner, the firm becoming Edwards Reid & Begg, but Begg left three years later to serve in the armed forces.
By the time of his election as FRIBA on 6 April 1948 - for which his proposers were his Allan, George Bennett Mitchell's son George Arthur Mitchell who was by then in charge of his late father's firm, and John Gibb Marr, also of Aberdeen - Reid was sole partner, his address being Prince Building, Prince Street, Colombo. His practice consisted principally of commercial and public buildings, including a number of hotels, as well as a theatre in Kandy, buildings for Madras University, Colombo Town Hall and 'numerous churches in Ceylon'.
Reid died in 1952. His son, Herbert William Moggach Reid, continued the practice at least for a few years.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Auchengyle/16, Burnett Place, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private||1920 *|| || |
|Colombo, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, un||Private/business||1927|| || |
|Madras, India||Business||Before 1936||After 1939||Branch office of firm|
|Prince Building, Prince Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, un||Private/business(?)||1947 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Maurice Russell||Mid 1950s|| ||Architect|| |
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1954||RIBA Kalendar 1953-54|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Daily News||27 May 2008|| || ||Article about Geoffrey Bawa who worked for Edwards Reid & Begg|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no3174 (microfilm reel 25); F no4356 (combined box 9)|