Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Austen Bent
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 August 1907
Died: 1980
Bio Notes: James Austen Bent was born on 14 August 1907. From February 1922 he was articled to F W Platt FSI, PPTPI, Housing Director, Manchester City, and continued under his successor Leonard Heywood ARIBA and his deputy R C H Livett, ARIBA. He studied at Manchester College of Technology from October 1925 to May 1933 and during the same period attended classes at Manchester Municipal School. From September 1929 until October the following year he studied design with Sir Bannister Fletcher. He sat the final RIBA exam in December 1933 and was elected ARIBA in 1934, his proposers being Alexander Godolphin Bond, Isaac Taylor and John Swarbrick. He was also an Associate Member of the Town Planning Institute.

During the early 1940s he worked for the Department of Health for Scotland where he was involved in postwar reconstruction preparations, focussing mainly on industrialised housing.

Sometime before 1950 he had secured the post of Chief Technical Officer and Assistant General Manager of the Scottish Special Housing Association, based in Edinburgh.

He retired before 1976 when he resigned from the RIBA at which point he would appear to have been living in Cheshire. He died between April and June 1980 at Stockport.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Town Hall, Manchester, England   Director of Housing
Item 2 of 4Housing Department Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, EnglandBusiness1922After 1934 
Item 3 of 415-21, Palmerston Place, West End, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1948After 1957still at this address in 1957 per Builder p166
Item 4 of 424, Macclesfield Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, EnglandPrivate1970 *After 1977 

* 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 4Manchester City Council Housing Architects Office1922 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Manchester City Council Housing Architects Office1934 Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Scottish Special Housing Association (SSHA)19451959Chief Architect 
Item 4 of 4Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)Early 1940s(?) Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Godolphin Bond5 March 1934For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Swarbrick5 March 1934For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Isaac Taylor5 March 1934For 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 841948SSHA Housing, Chryston (1948)Chryston LanarkshireScotland116 houses
Item 2 of 841952Scottish Special Housing Association Housing, HawickHawick  Scotland 
Item 3 of 841952SSHA Housing, Argyllshire  ArgyllshireScotlandNew housing
Item 4 of 841952SSHA Housing, BothwellBothwell LanarkshireScotlandPlans prepared for 32 houses
Item 5 of 841952SSHA Housing, CrawfordsdykeCarluke LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans
Item 6 of 841952SSHA Housing, DumbartonDumbarton  ScotlandNew housing
Item 7 of 841952SSHA Housing, Lanarkshire  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 8410 October 195270 SSHA Houses at Larkfield Housing Site, GreenockGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandPlans in hand for new scheme of 70 houses
Item 9 of 8424 October 1952SSHA Housing, MastrickMastrick AberdeenScotland110 SSHA houses
Item 10 of 847 November 1952SSHA Housing, TelfordTelford MidlothianScotland250 SSHA houses
Item 11 of 8421 November 1952SSHA Housing, GreenockGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandNew houses
Item 12 of 841953SSHA Housing, Chryston (1953)Chryston LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans for new housing scheme
Item 13 of 841953SSHA Housing, Cumnock (1953)Cumnock East AyrshireScotlandTo prepare plans for scheme of 40 houses
Item 14 of 841953SSHA Housing, DouglasDouglas LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans for new housing scheme
Item 15 of 841953SSHA Housing, FergushillKilwinning AyrshireScotlandPlans to be prepared for scheme of 24 houses
Item 16 of 841953SSHA Housing, Forehill Road  AyrScotlandPlans in hand for 16 houses
Item 17 of 841953SSHA Housing, HaddingtonHaddington East LothianScotlandTo prepare plans for 96 houses
Item 18 of 841953SSHA Housing, Hamilton (various)Hamilton LanarkshireScotlandPlans prepared for 102 houses
Item 19 of 841953SSHA Housing, IrvineIrvine AyrshireScotlandPlans prepared for new housing scheme
Item 20 of 841953SSHA Housing, Mains of FintryMains of Fintry DundeeScotlandTo prepare plans for new housing scheme
Item 21 of 841953SSHA Housing, PossilparkPossilpark GlasgowScotlandPlans in hand for 100+ houses
Item 22 of 842 January 1953SSHA Housing, LaighstonehallHamilton LanarkshireScotland60 SSHA houses
Item 23 of 842 January 1953SSHS Housing, RenfrewRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland70 SSHA houses
Item 24 of 8430 January 1953SSHA Housing, Hamilton (various)Hamilton LanarkshireScotlandPlans prepared for SSHA housing
Item 25 of 8413 February 1953SSHA Housing, BellsmyreDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandPlans prepared for 12 SSHA houses
Item 26 of 846 March 1953SSHA Housing, ThornliebankThornliebank East RenfrewshireScotlandTo prepare plans for new housing scheme
Item 27 of 841 May 1953SSHA Housing, Dundee  DundeeScotlandTo prepare plans for 452 houses
Item 28 of 8415 May 1953SSHA Housing, HamiltonHamilton LanarkshireScotlandPlans in hand for scheme of 66 houses
Item 29 of 8412 June 1953SSHA Housing, LarkhallLarkhall LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans for new scheme of houses
Item 30 of 8431 July 1953SSHA Housing, Roseberry AvenueQueensferry EdinburghScotlandTo prepare plans for 32 houses
Item 31 of 8431 July 1953SSHA Housing, Telford Road  EdinburghScotlandTo prepare plans for 300+ houses
Item 32 of 847 August 1953SSHA Housing, HamiltonHamilton LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans for new housing scheme
Item 33 of 847 August 1953SSHA Housing, NewbattleNewbattle MidlothianScotlandTo prepare plans for 180 houses
Item 34 of 8414 August 1953SSHA Housing, GalashielsGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandTo prepare plans for new housing scheme
Item 35 of 8421 August 1953SSHA Housing, GorebridgeGorebridge MidlothianScotlandTo prepare plans for 122 houses at Vogrie Road site
Item 36 of 8425 September 1953SSHA Housing, Carmuirs SiteFalkirk  ScotlandTo prepare plans for 250 houses
Item 37 of 842 October 1953SSHA Housing, NewbattleNewbattle MidlothianScotlandTo prepare plans for 234 houses
Item 38 of 8416 October 1953Housing, DalneighDalneigh, Inverness Inverness-shireScotlandPlans prepared for 52 houses at Dalneigh and Hilton housing areas
Item 39 of 8416 October 1953SSHA Housing, Cairnhill (1953)Cumnock AyrshireScotlandPlans in hand for 200 houses
Item 40 of 8416 October 1953SSHA Housing, Forehill Road  AyrScotlandPlans in hand for 100 houses
Item 41 of 8416 October 1953SSHA Housing, HiltonHilton, Inverness Inverness-shireScotlandPlans prepared for 52 houses at Dalneigh and Hilton housing areas
Item 42 of 8413 November 1953Housing, Hillfoot Road  Ayr, AyrshireScotlandNew housing scheme
Item 43 of 8411 December 1953SSHA Housing, DouglasDouglas LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans for 48 houses
Item 44 of 8411 December 1953SSHA Housing, HarthillHarthill LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans for new buildings, shops, etc
Item 45 of 841954Arden Farm Housing Site  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 46 of 841954Bankhead Housing SchemeRutherglen GlasgowScotland 
Item 47 of 841954Block of flats, Prospecthill RoadKing's Park GlasgowScotlandAs Chief Architect for SSHA
Item 48 of 841954Blocks of flats Prospecthill CrescentKing's Park GlasgowScotlandAs Chief Architect to SSHA
Item 49 of 841954Douglas Housing Site  LanarkshireScotlandPlans prepared for 80 houses
Item 50 of 841954Housing for retired lighthouse keepersMuirhouse EdinburghScotlandAs Chief Architect of SSHA
Item 51 of 841954Housing, Berestone Housing Site  StirlingScotland 
Item 52 of 841954Housing, Hayburn Lane  GlasgowScotland 
Item 53 of 841954Imperial Drive Housing SiteAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 54 of 841954SSHA Housing, Cadder Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 55 of 841954SSHA Housing, HaysheadArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 56 of 8415 January 1954SSHA Housing, LarkhallLarkhall LanarkshireScotlandPlans in hand for 66 houses
Item 57 of 845 February 1954Housing, StrutherhillStrutherhill LanarkshireScotlandPlans prepared and approved for scheme of 66 houses
Item 58 of 845 February 1954Kildare Housing Site, LanarkLanark  ScotlandTo prepare plans for 60 houses
Item 59 of 8412 February 1954Housing, Viewpark SiteCoalburn LanarkshireScotlandScheme of 48 houses
Item 60 of 8419 March 1954SSHA Housing, DouglasDouglas LanarkshireScotlandPlans in hand for 80 houses
Item 61 of 842 April 1954SSHA HousingTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotlandPlans in hand for 90 houses
Item 62 of 841955Heathryfold Housing Scheme  AberdeenScotland 
Item 63 of 841955Maidipark Housing DevelopmentBo'ness West LothianScotland 
Item 64 of 841955Toryglen SSHA Housing Scheme, Fifth DevelopmentToryglen GlasgowScotlandAs Chief Technical Officer of SSHA
Item 65 of 841956Toryglen SSHA Housing Scheme, Tenth DevelopmentToryglen GlasgowScotlandAs Chief Technical Officer of SSHA
Item 66 of 8418 January 195724 houses at Wester Langlee siteGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandBuilder p166
Item 67 of 8418 January 195750 houses at Murchison Street  Caithness-shireScotlandBuilder p166
Item 68 of 8418 January 195752 houses at Hillend siteRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandBuilder p166
Item 69 of 8425 January 1957150+ houses, Faifley siteClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandBuilder p209
Item 70 of 8425 January 195750 houses on the Neisston site  RenfrewshireScotlandBuilder p209
Item 71 of 8425 January 1957550 houses at Larkfield housing siteGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandBuilder p209
Item 72 of 8425 January 1957Flats, No-fines concreteToryglen GlasgowScotland'ARIBA, FRIAS, AMTPI, DipTP, Chief Technical Officer SSHA' per Builder p185
Item 73 of 841 February 195766 houses at Cumnock Craigens development schemeCumnock AyrshireScotlandBuilder p252
Item 74 of 8422 February 1957Holland Street Scheme, RutherglenRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandBuilder p391
Item 75 of 8422 February 1957SSHA Housing, Mains of FintryMains of Fintry DundeeScotlandBuilder p391
Item 76 of 848 March 195740 houses at Tollcross siteAlva ClackmannanshireScotlandper Builder p482
Item 77 of 8415 March 1957Housing SchemeCockenzie East LothianScotlandper Builder p523
Item 78 of 8422 March 195724 houses at Melrose Development siteGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandper Builder p572
Item 79 of 845 April 1957100 houses nr Kilmalcolm Road  RenfrewshireScotlandper Builder p656
Item 80 of 845 April 195784 houses at Fox Bar development site, PaisleyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandper Builder p656
Item 81 of 8426 April 195716 houses at Hillend Avenue  GlasgowScotlandper Builder p796
Item 82 of 841962Toryglen SSHA Housing Scheme, Eleventh DevelopmentToryglen GlasgowScotlandAs Chief Technical Officer of SSHA
Item 83 of 84c. 1949Toryglen SSHA Housing SchemeToryglen GlasgowScotlandAs Chief Technical Officer for SSHA
Item 84 of 84c. 1955Toryglen SSHA Housing Scheme, Sixth DevelopmentToryglen GlasgowScotlandas Chief Technical Officer for SSHA


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp66
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The 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 51Builder1 February 1952  p205
Item 2 of 51Builder4 April 1952  p536
Item 3 of 51Builder2 May 1952  p684
Item 4 of 51Builder23 May 1952  p792
Item 5 of 51Builder29 August 1952  p313
Item 6 of 51Builder5 September 1952  p349
Item 7 of 51Builder10 October 1952  p529
Item 8 of 51Builder24 October 1952  p596
Item 9 of 51Builder7 November 1952  p688
Item 10 of 51Builder21 November 1952  p768
Item 11 of 51Builder2 January 1953  p33
Item 12 of 51Builder30 January 1953  p216
Item 13 of 51Builder6 February 1953  p257
Item 14 of 51Builder13 February 1953  p292
Item 15 of 51Builder6 March 1953  p400
Item 16 of 51Builder1 May 1953  p700
Item 17 of 51Builder15 May 1953  p776
Item 18 of 51Builder12 June 1953  p933
Item 19 of 51Builder31 July 1953  p188
Item 20 of 51Builder7 August 1953  p228
Item 21 of 51Builder14 August 1953  p264
Item 22 of 51Builder21 August 1953  p300
Item 23 of 51Builder25 September 1953  p485
Item 24 of 51Builder2 October 1953  p525
Item 25 of 51Builder16 October 1953  p600
Item 26 of 51Builder16 October 1953  p600
Item 27 of 51Builder13 November 1953  p764
Item 28 of 51Builder11 December 1953  p946
Item 29 of 51Builder15 January 1954  p161
Item 30 of 51Builder5 February 1954  p281
Item 31 of 51Builder12 February 1954  p320
Item 32 of 51Builder19 March 1954  p528
Item 33 of 51Builder2 April 1954  p616
Item 34 of 51Builder9 April 1954  p656
Item 35 of 51Builder30 April 1954  p786
Item 36 of 51Builder28 May 1954  p958
Item 37 of 51Builder4 June 1954  p1007
Item 38 of 51Builder25 June 1954  p1134
Item 39 of 51Builder9 July 1954  p78
Item 40 of 51Builder16 July 1954  p118
Item 41 of 51Builder23 July 1954  p157
Item 42 of 51Builder6 August 1954  p240
Item 43 of 51Builder28 January 1955  p196
Item 44 of 51Builder4 February 1955  p236
Item 45 of 51Builder11 March 1955  p452
Item 46 of 51Builder18 January 1957  p166
Item 47 of 51Builder25 January 1957  p185
Item 48 of 51Builder25 January 1957  p185-6 Toryglen
Item 49 of 51Concrete QuarterlyMarch 195836 p38-9 Toryglen
Item 50 of 51Municipal Journal8 February 1957  p299-300 Toryglen
Item 51 of 51PrefabricationJanuary 1954  p22-4 Toryglen

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths