Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Docherty
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 May 1909
Died: 28 August 1976
Bio Notes: James Docherty was born on 5 May 1909, the son of George Docherty, cloth lapper and his wife, Mary Carmichael. He was educated at St Mungo's Academy, Glasgow from 1924 to 1928. In the latter year he began a five-year apprenticeship in the Architect's Department of John McDonald (Contractors) Ltd, attending evening classes at Glasgow High School that year and at the Royal Technical College for the subsequent six years. He remained in the McDonald firm for three years after completing his apprenticeship, but moved in 1936 to the SCWS Architect's Department, at the same time commencing evening classes at Glasgow School of Architecture which he continued until 1940. Meanwhile, from 1938 to 1939 he worked as assistant to James Miller, and from the latter year he assisted in the practice of Watson, Salmond & Gray. He was still there when he passed the special final exam in July 1943 and was admitted ARIBA on 14 December that year, his proposers being William James Smith, Jack Coia and William McCrea. The private address given on his nomination papers is 652 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow; this remained his home for the rest of his life.

He resigned from the RIBA in 1973 or 1974. He died on 28 August 1976 at Lightburn Hospital, Glasgow. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1652, Edinburgh Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19431976 

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 3Scottish Co-Operative Wholesale Society (SCWS) Architectural Department (CWS Ltd Architecture & Design)19361938Assistant 
Item 2 of 3James Miller19381939Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Watson, Salmond & Gray1939After 1943Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia14 December 1943for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William McCrea14 December 1943for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith14 December 1943for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA 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 no8278 (combined box 207)