Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Penman
Designation: Architect, Engineer
Born: 31 August 1899
Died: 18 December 1974
Bio Notes: John Penman was born on 31 August 1899. From 1914-1918 he was articled to James Thomson, City Architect, Dundee during part of which he studied architecture and building subjects at Dundee Technical College and the School of Art (1915-19).

In 1919 he took a post as an assistant in the City Engineer's Office Dundee but in 1926 moved to Swansea as senior assistant in the Borough Surveyor's Office. During this period he travelled to London to take courses in architecture with L Stuart Stanley and C W Box. He graduated BSC from the University of London. He was later a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and perhaps therefore took classes in engineering. He was also a member of the Town Planning Institute. In 1930 he moved again this time to Workington, Cumberland as Borough Surveyor and Architect where he remained until 1939 when he secured the post of Burgh Surveyor, Master of Works and Architecture in Perth.

He was elected LRIBA in 1948, proposed by R Matthew Mitchell (for the Council of the RIBA), Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie and D Mickleton(?).

Penman died on 18 December 1974.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Municipal Buildings, South Tay Street, PerthBusiness19541957 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5Dundee City Architect's Department19141919ApprenticeArticled to James Thomson
Item 2 of 5Dundee Burgh Engineer's Office/Dundee City Engineer's Office19191926Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Swansea Borough Architect's Department19261930Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Borough Surveyor and Architect, Workington, Cumberland19301939Chief SurveyorBorough Surveyor and Architect
Item 5 of 5Burgh Surveyors Office Perth1939After 1957SurveyorBurgh Surveyor


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect, engineer for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie9 March 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Robert Matthew Mitchell9 March 1948For Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect, engineer 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 51953Letham Shopping Centre Flats, PerthPerth Perth & KinrossScotlandNew block of flats
Item 2 of 58 January 1954Corporation Housing, Higgs RoadPerth PerthshireScotlandNew flats
Item 3 of 51955Corporation SlaughterhousePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 51957Multi-storey housing, Pomarium Street  Perth, PerthshireScotlandGiven by Builder 10 May 1957, p882
Item 5 of 515 February 1957280 Houses at LethamLetham PerthScotlandBuilder p 344


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder24 July 1953  p157
Item 2 of 4Builder8 January 1954  p77
Item 3 of 4Builder4 February 1955  p236
Item 4 of 4Builder15 February 1957  p 344

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, engineer:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no6241 (Combined Box 127)