Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Nisbet Lockerbie
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 April 1911
Died: 21 May 1992
Bio Notes: James Nisbet Lockerbie was born on 9 April 1911, the son of James Blackley Lockerbie, surgeon, and his wife, Ina Jessie Anderson Nisbet. He attended day classes at Edinburgh College of Art from 1928 to 1929 before commencing a five-year apprenticeship to Thomas Aikman Swan. Throughout his apprenticeship he continued to study part-time at the College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. In 1935 he joined H M Office of Works, Edinburgh as an assistant, and he remained there until 1940 when he joined the RAF. By that time he had been admitted an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

At the end of the war he returned to the same office, by then known as the Ministry of Works, as principal assistant. He passed the special RIBA final in 1947 and was admitted ARIBA in that year. In 1950 he was appointed senior assistant architect to the Scottish Special Housing Association, and in the same year commenced practice in Edinburgh as Goddard & Lockerbie, Goddard presumably being Frederick Walter Goddard. Only a year later he emigrated to Singapore where he worked initially as senior assistant to W Irving Watson, City Architect and Building Surveyor. He succeeded Watson when the latter went into private practice, and retained the post until at least 1961. He was elevated to FRIBA on 6 February 1962, proposed by Watson, Francis Morrison Howie and James Kirkwood.

He returned to Edinburgh on his retirement, and resigned from the RIBA in December 1974. By 1976 he had moved to Haddington, where he died suddenly at Roodlands Hospital on 21 May 1992; a memorial service was held at Warriston Crematorium on 5 June. He left a widow, Margaret Horne Allan, and several children and grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 56, House o' Hill Crescent, Blackhall, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 2 of 5Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19501951 
Item 3 of 512, Adam Park, Singapore, SingaporePrivateBefore 1961After 1962 
Item 4 of 52, Barntongate Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1974 *  
Item 5 of 5Kildarroch, Tweedale Avenue, Haddington, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1976 *1992 

* 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 8Thomas Aikman Swan19291934Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19351940Assistant 
Item 3 of 8H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19451950Principal Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Goddard & Lockerbie1950 * Partner 
Item 5 of 8Scottish Special Housing Association (SSHA)19501951Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Singapore City Architect and Building Surveyor's Department1951Before 1974Senior AssistantWorking under W Irving Watson, City Architect & Buliding Surveyor
Item 7 of 8William Irving Watson1951Before 1974Senior AssistantIn Singapore City Architect & Building Surveyor's office
Item 8 of 8Singapore City Architect and Building Surveyor's DepartmentBefore 1974Before 1974Chief ArchitectCity Architect & Building Surveyor

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Francis Morrison Howie6 February 1962for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3James Kirkwood6 February 1962for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3William Irving Watson6 February 1962for Fellowship

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 71950 or 1951Housing layoutsLinlithgow East LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 71950 or 1951Housing layoutsPort Seton East LothianScotland 
Item 3 of 71950 or 1951Housing layoutsNewtongrange MidlothianScotland 
Item 4 of 71950 or 1951Housing layoutsDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 5 of 71950 or 1951Housing layoutsPenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 6 of 71950 or 1951Housing layoutsBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 71950 or 1951Housing layoutsBathgate West LothianScotland 


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 no9329; F no5553 (combined box 87)