Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Stratton Paterson
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 April 1897
Died: 28 May 1960
Bio Notes: James Stratton Paterson was born on 6 April 1897, the son of John Paterson, papermaker, and his wife Annie Gardiner and was articled to Maclaren Sons & Soutar in 1914, attending classes at Dundee Technical College. His training was interrupted by military service from 1915 to 1918 but in 1919 he resumed his apprenticeship and his studies. On completion of his apprenticeship he joined James Hendry Langlands as improver, continuing to study at Dundee Technical College for a final year and undertaking further studies in art thereafter. He was later appointed assistant to Ogilvy & Stewart in the same city, leaving them in 1926 to join William Macfarlane Patrick as chief assistant and quantity surveyor, where he remained until the outbreak of the Second World War.

During the war he served as chief draughtsman in the War Department, based at 10 Albany Terrace, Dundee. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 15 January 1946, his proposers being William Salmond, William Wallace Friskin and the then secretary of the Dundee Institute of Architects, of which Paterson had been a member since prior to 1939. His declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed by Helen S Paterson, who shared his address of 12 Bellefield Avenue, Dundee; it is unclear whether she was his wife or a blood relative.

Paterson died from carbon monoxide poisoning at his home on 28 May 1960 aged 63. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 258, Kenilworth Avenue, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate 1960 
Item 2 of 212, Bellefield Avenue, Dundee, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1939After 1950 

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 6Maclaren Sons & Soutar19141920ApprenticeWith the exception of war service, 1915 to 1918
Item 2 of 6Maclaren Soutar Salmond19201922Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6James Hendry Langlands (senior)1922Before 1926Improver 
Item 4 of 6Ogilvy & StewartAfter 19221926Assistant 
Item 5 of 6William Macfarlane Patrick19261939Chief AssistantChief Assistant and Quantity Surveyor
Item 6 of 6War DepartmentAfter 1939After 1945Chief DraughtsmanIn DCRE, Dundee


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William Wallace Friskin15 January 1946for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2William Salmond15 January 1946for Licentiateship


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 L no5817 (combined box 102)