Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Tocher
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: William Tocher studied full-time at Robert Gordon's Technical College, Aberdeen from September 1918 until June 1920 when he commenced his articles with Wilsons & Walker, continuing to attend evening classes. He completed his apprenticeship in March 1923 and moved to Leeds where he was appointed assistant to John Clifford Procter. He obtained his diploma in June that year and passed the qualifying exam in London in July 1925. He was still in Procter's office when he was admitted ARIBA on 30 November 1925, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson Junior, George Watt and John Wilson Walker. His declaration accepting his Associateship was witnessed by Joseph Addison of the School of Art, Leeds on 15 February 1926. It would apear that he had settled in Leeds as he gave a Leeds address in 1950. He worked in independent practice in Leeds at some point after 1950 and took his son James Alexander Tocher into partnership.

James Alexander was elected ARIBA in 1960 and in 1970 he ws operating under the practice name of William & James Tocher from Pennine House, Russell Street, Leeds. James' wife, Marjorie Averil Robins Tocher would appear to have also been an architect. Like her husband she was a graduate of Leeds.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3County Buildings, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1925 * Oddly given as 'private' address in ARIBA papers
Item 2 of 3c/o J C Procter/62, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1925 *  
Item 3 of 38, Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, EnglandPrivate1950 *  

* 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 2Wilsons & WalkerJune 1920March 1923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2John Clifford ProcterMarch 1923After September 1925Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Wilson Walker30 November 1925for Associateship
Item 2 of 3George Watt30 November 1925for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)30 November 1925for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3878 (microfilm reel 28)