Basic Biographical Details

Name: Cecil Harry Friston Nimmo
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 March 1897
Died: 19 May 1964
Bio Notes: Cecil Harry Friston Nimmo was born on 22 March 1897, the son of Robert Nimmo, master joiner, and his wife, Alexandra Augusta Friston. He was articled to A & W Black of Falkirk in September 1912. His apprenticeship was interrupted by war service with the Royal Engineers from January 1916 until late 1919, but he returned to the same office thereafter. His office experience was supplemented with continuation classes in maths and geometry from 1912 to 1913 and classes at Falkirk Science & Art School before and after the war. He returned to the same office in 1919, completing his apprenticeship and his studies in 1921 and remaining as assistant until 1942. During this period, in 1925 and 1926 he undertook short tours in Belgium, Holland, Germany and Norway, and in 1934 was admitted an Associate of the RIAS, subsequently holding office as chairman of the Associates section of the Stirling Chapter for a number of years.

From April 1942 until January 1943 he was employed by Wilson & Wilson of Falkirk as chief assistant and architect on site for a large prisoner-of-war camp, the location of which is unknown. In February 1943 he was appointed Technical Intelligence Officer for the Ministry of Home Security's Research and Experiments Department in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, where he was 'principally engaged on work of a secret nature'. He had transferred to the Glasgow office of the Ministry of Home Security by the time he was admitted LRIBA on 14 November 1944, his proposers being Alexander Nisbet Malcolm, John Ross McKay and Alfred Hugh Mottram. His permanent address remained at 10 Learmonth Street, Falkirk.

Nimmo died in the Infactious Diseases Hospital Falkirk until his death on 19 May 1974. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 110, Learmonth Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19391974 

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4A & W BlackSeptember 19121921ApprenticeWith the exception of war service, January 1916 to late 1919
Item 2 of 4A & W Black1921Early 1942Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Wilson & WilsonApril 1942January 1943Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Ministry of Home SecurityFebruary 1943After 1944  

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Nisbet Malcolm14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram14 November 1944for Licentiateship

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 11942Large Prisoner-of-War Camp  Stirlingshire?ScotlandAs chief assistant an architect on site for Wilson & Wilson

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
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 no5681 (combined box 94)