Basic Biographical Details

Name: John William Kidd
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 July 1907
Died: 1980
Bio Notes: John William Kidd was born on 27 July 1907, the son of John William Kidd, master joiner, and his wife Mary Anderson Bruce. He was articled to 'James Lowe & Co' of Dundee - presumably Lowe & Barrie - in 1925. He remained as assistant for six months after completing his apprenticeship in 1928, and thereafter went to Liverpool to study at the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool. There he gained his diploma and passed the qualifying exam in June 1933, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA on 8 January the following year, his proposers being Lionel Bailey Budden, Edward Robinson Ferdinand Cole and James Ernest Marshall. By the time of his application for Associateship he had returned to Dundee. He was also an Associate of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

Kidd appears to have remained in the Dundee area thereafter, and rose to the position of Dundee City Architect in the 1960s. Latterly he lived at 'Ravensby', 14 Norwood, Newport-on-Tay, Fife. He died at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on 21 January 1980, leaving a widow, Johnina Elizabeth Lee Smith.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Magask Lodge/10, Gowrie Street, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1980 
Item 2 of 6Liverpool, EnglandPrivate19291933 
Item 3 of 617, Argyle Street, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1933 *  
Item 4 of 6Ashley Grove, Monifieth Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 5 of 6Strathview, Queen Street, East Newport, Fife, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950  
Item 6 of 614, Norwood, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1981  

* 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 2Lowe & Barrie19251928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Lowe & Barrie19281929Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Lionel Bailey Budden8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Edward Robinson Ferdinand Cole8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Ernest Marshall8 January 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 41960Five tower blocks, Gowrie Court, Hillside Court, Glamis Court, Ninewells Court and Balgay Court Ninewells DundeeScotlandAs City Architect - in conjunction with Crudens
Item 2 of 41964Lawside RC AcademyLawside DundeeScotlandAs City Architect
Item 3 of 41969Craigie High School  DundeeScotlandAs City Architect
Item 4 of 41969Menzieshill High School  DundeeScotlandAs Dundee City architect


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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5303 (combined box 69) (includes death note)