Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Nicol
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 February 1914
Died: 24 April 2009
Bio Notes: John Nicol was born at Rosedale, New Lanark, on 17 February 1914, the son of John Nicol, cotton mill general manager, and his wife, Elizabeth Gemmell, who had married in Belfast in 1905. From September 1932 he was articled to Cullen Lochead & Brown and took the certificate course (1932-37) and post certificate course (1937-39) at Glasgow School of Architecture. He was an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects but he had moved to London by 1939, when his address was 3 Wellfield Avenue, Muswell Hill. He worked as an assistant to L G Ekins, chief architect of the Co-operative Wholesale Society in London until 1941 when he was involved in a war damage survey. From 1943 until 1946 he had a post as assistant to T E North, Borough Architect, West Ham, after which he moved to Bexley Borough Council as senior assistant architect. He was elected ARIBA in 1946, his proposers being Thomas E North, Gertrude W N Leverkine and Lockhart Hutson. In 1947 he was appointed to the post as Deputy Architect, Wrexham Borough Council, Denbighshire; after which he was Principal Assistant Architect, the County Architect's Department, North Riding of Yorkshire, then Assistant County Architect & Section Head, County Architect's Department, Berkshire and finally Deputy Education Architect, Belfast. In 1959 he was elected FRIBA, his proposers being H Anthony Clark, D A Shanks, and Thomas E North.

Nicol was appointed Perth County architect in 1969.

He died on 24 April 2009 aged 95 at home, 46 Abbey Road, Scone. His wife, Dora Lillian Clark, had predeceased him but his son, who lived in Scone at the same address as his father, survived him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6ScotlandPrivate(?) Before 1939 
Item 2 of 63, Wellfield Avenue, Muswell Hill, London, EnglandPrivate(?)1939 *  
Item 3 of 629, Wallerton Gardens, East Sheen, London, EnglandPrivate1946  
Item 4 of 6Borough Architect's Department/100, West Ham Lane, London, EnglandBusiness1946 *  
Item 5 of 6Education Architect's Department, Academy Street, Belfast, Northern IrelandBusiness1958 *  
Item 6 of 66, Wilshere Drive, Belfast, Northern IrelandPrivate1959 *  

* 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 10Cullen, Lochhead & BrownSeptember 1932 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 10Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS), Architects Department19381941Assistant 
Item 3 of 10West Ham Borough Council Architect's Department19451946Assistant 
Item 4 of 10Bexley Borough Council, Architect's Department19461947Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 10Wrexham Borough Council Architect's Department1947 Deputy Architect 
Item 6 of 10Berkshire County Architect's DepartmentAfter 1947 Assistant Chief 
Item 7 of 10North Riding of Yorkshire Architect's DepartmentAfter 1947 Principal Assistant 
Item 8 of 10Northern Ireland Education Architect's DepartmentBefore 1958 Depute Director 
Item 9 of 10Perth & Kinross County Council Architects' Department1969 Chief Architect 
Item 10 of 10Perth & Kinross County Council Architects' Department1969 Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6H Anthony ClarkEarly 1959For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Lockhart Whiteford Hutson7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 3 of 6Gertrude W N Leverkine7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 4 of 6Thomas E North7 May 1946For Associateship
Item 5 of 6Thomas E NorthEarly 1959For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Donald A ShanksEarly 1959For Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander Burns1 November 1960For 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 31967Kinross Primary SchoolKinross Kinross-shireScotlandAs County Architect
Item 2 of 39 May 1969Oakbank Comprehensive School, PerthPerth PerthshireScotlandwith section leaders W G Amedro and H R Law
Item 3 of 31974Perth Grammar SchoolPerth PerthshireScotlandAs County Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building9 May 1969  p19/103

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 no8678 and F no5362 (Combined Box 74)