Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Charles Carvell
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 November 1913
Died: 8 June 1984
Bio Notes: Robert Charles Carvell was born on 28 November 1913, the son of Edward Albert Carvell, builder, and his wife Annie Warwick.

From 1926-31 he studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic and obtained a school leaving certificate with distinction in architectural design. He was exempted from the Intermediate exam. From 1932-33 he was a junior assistant at the Polytechnic and at the same time assisted Frederic Towndrow with his competition entry for the new RIBA premises. From 1933-38 he worked with Joseph Emberton initially as a junior assistant, but then being promoted to the post of senior assistant. During this period he travelled to Brussels, Parish, Glasgow, Blackpool and a number of other places where Joseph Emberton was undertaking commissions.

In 1938 he transferred to the practice or Norman & Dawbarn to a post as senior architectural assistant in a part-time capacity. He worked on aerodromes and aircraft repair factories. The rest of his time was spent building up his own practice and he had commissions for housing alterations and additions, valuations etc.

From 1942-45 he was seconded to Messrs Airwork Ltd, Heston Aerodrome. He was resident engineer and civilian manager at Perth Aerodrome (operated by Messrs Airwork Ltd) as an RAF training school. He was responsible for the care and upkeep of the buildings supervising a staff of 50. He was also an official on TC and operated the term maintenance contract for the Air Ministry. From July 1945 he was employed directly by Messrs Airwork.

He was admitted LRIBA in 1947. He was living and working in Perth in 1950. By 1964 he had formed his own practice Carvell & Partners and in 1981 he was still sole partner.

Carvell died at Perth Royal Infirmary on 8 June 1984, survived by his wife, Ivy Dutch.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 320, Hamilton Place, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 1984 
Item 2 of 33a, Charlotte Street, Perth, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950After 1984 
Item 3 of 320, Marshall Place, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1970 *  

* 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 4Frederick Edward Towndrow19321933Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Joseph Emberton19331938Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Norman & Dawbarn (or Norman & Dowborn)19381942Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Carvell & Partners1970 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Malcolm Irvine Arthur1958 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Graham R Dawbarn6 May 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Joseph Emberton6 May 1947For Licentiateship

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 31950Factory and Offices, Sighthill Industrial EstateSighthill EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 31965Oldwood FarmMegginch, Errol PerthshireScotlandAlterations and improvements
Item 3 of 31974Craigend Moncreiffe Church, Craigie and MoncreiffePerth PerthshireScotlandChurch


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 7RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 3 of 7RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 4 of 7RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder2 June 1950  p760

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 6095 (Combined Box 119)