Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Victor Deas
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 May 1901
Died: 11 July 1991
Bio Notes: Thomas Victor Deas was born on 29 May 1901. He served his articles with John Maurice Arthur of George Arthur & Son, Airdrie from September 1919 and during this period attended classes part-time at Glasgow School of Architecture and the Royal Technical College. In September 1924 he spent a brief period of time in London. In June 1925 he was awarded the Bourdon Travelling Scholarship which at the time of his application to the RIBA for Associateship he had not yet used. He passed the qualifying exam in July 1925 and was elected ARIBA on 30 November 1925, his proposers being John Maurice Arthur, Charles Gourlay and James Lochhead.

Deas was a member of the Glasgow Institute of Architects in 1930-31 but he practised in Cheltenham at that date, perhaps as an assistant. He appears to have moved back to Airdrie in the 1930s but formed a partnership in 1938 with Joshua Clayton in Darlington. Clayton was a native of Darlington. He trained with Kitching and Lee and commenced practice in about 1913. He became an important figure in public affairs and served on the Town Council from 1931 to 1946. When he died in 1948, Deas continued the practice until the 1970s. He is still listed in the RIBA Directories for 1979 and 1987 with an address of 11 High Green, Gainford, Darlington. Deas died on 11 July 1991.

His practice appears to have been continued as the Leslie David Partnership, Woodside Place, Glasgow, though this requires further research.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 4Vicarsford, Drumbathie Road, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1925c. 1938 
Item 3 of 43, Blenheim Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, EnglandBusinessc. 1930 *  
Item 4 of 4Darlington, Yorkshire, EnglandBusinessc. 1938After 1970 

* 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 3George Arthur & SonSeptember 1919September 1924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3George Arthur & SonSeptember 1924After September 1925Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Clayton & Deas19381948  


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Maurice Arthur30 November 1925For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Gourlay301 November 1925For Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Lochhead30 November 1925For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterOctober 1991v3, no1 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information from Graham Potts via email
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3840 (microfilm reel 28)