Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Shepherd Morris
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 December 1905
Died: 8 October 1984
Bio Notes: Thomas Shepherd Morris was born into the well-known golfing family in St Andrews on 17 December 1905 and was educated at Madras College. He served his articles and a brief period as assistant in the office of Thoms & Wilkie from 1921, attending evening classes at Dundee Technical College and School of Art. He moved to London in 1926 and continued his studies at the Polytechnic School of Architecture, Regent Street whilst assisting in the office of Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie.

In 1928 he completed his studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic and shortly thereafter he went to Montreal where he attended day classes at McGill University for a year and spent two years in the employment of the Sun Life Assurance Company, designing their Headquarters as well as a number of private houses. He returned to Edinburgh c.1932 and worked in the office of T P Marwick & Son in Edinburgh for two years before moving to London to take up a salaried post in H M Office of Works. Whilst in the latter office he was admitted ARIBA on 2 December 1935, his proposers being W B Simpson, Septimus Warwick and Charles Johns Mole, and he was involved in designs for the coronation of King George VI.

He transferred to the Department of Health for Scotland in 1948. There he worked under Professor Robert Gardner-Medwin, the chief architect and planning officer. Having gained a Diploma in Town Planning from Edinburgh College of Art in 1950, Morris was promoted to Main Grade Architect in 1956 and Senior Grade Architect in 1964. He had particular responsibility for the prisons division, for the construction of new buildings and the maintenance of old buildings.

Morris retired in 1965. He died on Monday 8 October 1984, survived by a son and daughter and five grandchildren. His wife, Johanna Sime Malcolm, had predeceased him. His practice was taken over by his son James S Morris who subsequently became a partner in Morris & Steedman.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 62 Dene Court/2, Orchard Brae Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1984 
Item 2 of 6Montreal, CanadaBusinessAfter 1928Before 1932 
Item 3 of 6London, EnglandBusinessc. 1934After 1936 
Item 4 of 624 Lone Meadow Cottages, Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, EnglandPrivate1935 *  
Item 5 of 6Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1948  
Item 6 of 620, Goff Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *  

* 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 6Thoms & Wilkie1921c. 1925Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Thoms & Wilkiec. 19251926Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie19261928AssistantFor 1 1/2 years
Item 4 of 6T P Marwick & Sonc. 19321934Assistant 
Item 5 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1934After 1936 In London office (Westminster)
Item 6 of 6Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)1948After 1964Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Charles Johns Mole2 December 1935for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Begg Simpson2 December 1935for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Septimus Warwick2 December 1935for 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 1c. 1923Auchterhouse mansion house, lodge  Angus Extension


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalDecember 1984v91, no12London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsDeath notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Typed summary from his Scotsman obituary 1984 (exact date uncertain)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5869 (combined box 105)