Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Isaac Stratton Davis
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 August 1917
Died: June 2000
Bio Notes: David Isaac Stratton Davis was born in England on 30 August 1917. He spent five years from September 1933 to July 1940 studying at School of Architecture, Royal West of England Academy. For part of this period he was articled to Messrs Stratton Davis & Yates of Gloucester. After the completion of his articles in July 1938 he was a part-time assistant in the same office. During his studies he had won a travelling studentship to Paris but he was unable to go because of the war. Instead he spent some time between 1938 and 1940 travelling and sketching in England. He sat the final examinations in 1940 and was elected ARIBA in November of that year, proposed by G D Gordon Hake, Noel Huxley Waller and Charles William Yates. Hake noted that Davis was an 'extremely able student'.

During the Second World War Davis served with the Royal Engineers in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. After the cease of hostilities he worked for the family firm in Edinburgh and Gloucester. He made a study tour to Denmark and Sweden in order to study housing. By 1956 he was a partner in Stratton Davis & Yates. He was elected FRIBA in 1956, his proposers being Harold F Trew, G D Gordon Hake and Thomas Overbury. His main work in Scotland was the Inch Housing Estate the commission for which he won in competition in 1946. The site covered 215 acres and included houses as well as flats, shops and a school. In his statement on Davis' Fellowship paper Trew made reference to two other works by Davis besides The Inch Housing as being of particular merit: the memorial panelling, reredos and furnishings at Dean Close School Chapel in Cheltenham and the conversion of the stables at Misereden Park, Gloucester into flats and the adaptation of the cottages.

Davis died in Gloucestershire in June 2000.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 312, Queen, Street, Gloucester, EnglandBusiness1946 *After 1956 
Item 2 of 3184, Reservoir Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, EnglandPrivate1956 *  
Item 3 of 343, Park Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, EnglandBusiness(?)1970After 1987 

* 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 3Stratton Davis & YatesSeptember 1935July 1938Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Stratton Davis & YatesJuly 1938July 1940Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Stratton Davis & YatesBefore 1956 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6G D Gordon Hake12 November 1940For Associateship
Item 2 of 6G D Gordon Hake4 March 1956For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Thomas Overbury4 March 1956For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Harold F Trew4 March 1956For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Noel Huxley Waller12 November 1940For Associateship
Item 6 of 6Charles William Yates12 November 1940For 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 11946The Inch Housing Development, LibertonLiberton EdinburghScotlandWon competition for housing development at the Inch, Liberton and built scheme.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder15 November 1946  p508-9

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 no7698, F no5123 (Combined Box 58)