Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Okell
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 April 1913
Died: 1972
Bio Notes: John Okell was born on 23 April 1913 and was articled to Henry Francis Kerr from 1931, studying at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from. In 1935 he transferred to the office of John Alexander Carfrae where he remained for a year, continuing his studies until June 1938 when he obtained his diploma. He was admitted ARIBA on 9 January 1939, his proposers being Thomas Forbes Maclennan, James Alexander Arnott and John Wilson. He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and was still practising in Edinburgh in the late 1950s, although whether on his own account or as an employee is unclear. He was elected FRIAS in 1957. At the time of his election his address was 7 St Colme Street in Edinburgh. In the early 1950s this was the address of T W Marwick and therefore Okell may have been employed at this date by them.

By 1963 Okell had moved to work in Londonderry. He died in 1972.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 55, Shandon Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1938After 1946 
Item 2 of 53, Queensferry Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1948After 1950 
Item 3 of 516, Manor Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1957 *  
Item 4 of 57, St Colme Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1957 *  
Item 5 of 524, Pump Street, Londonderry, Northern IrelandBusinessBefore 1963 *After 1972 

* 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 2Henry Francis Kerr19311935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2John Alexander Carfrae19351936Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander Arnott9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson9 January 1939for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 7RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 7RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 7RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 6 of 7RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7027 (combined box 170)