Basic Biographical Details

Name: Kenneth Ogilvie Thoms
Designation: Architect
Born: 3 July 1915
Died: Late 1984
Bio Notes: Kenneth Ogilvie Thoms was born at 16 Learmonth Gardens, Edinburgh on 3 July 1915, the son of Alfred Patrick Macthomas Thoms, WS and his wife Evelyn Charteris Black who had married in Glasgow in 1905. He took the full-time diploma course at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art. This ran from October 1934 to June 1937 after which he spent a year in the office of Sir Edwin Lutyens. He returned to the College in October 1938 and remained there until June 1939. Arounf this time he travelled on the Continent and spent time in France Switzerland and Italy.

Thoms' Nomination Paper does not include information about where the period after this until early 1946 was spent but presumably most of the time he was serving with the Forces. He returned to the College for the first six months of 1946 and was admitted ARIBA on 10 December 1946, proposed by Alexander Allan Foote, leslie Grahame Thomson and John Ross McKay. His address at that date was 14 Coates Crescent (or Gardens?), Edinburgh.

By 1981 his was living in Devon. He resigned his membership of the RIBA in 1981. His death was registered in October 1984 in Devon.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 214, Coates Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 2 of 2Watch House, Lower Quay Lane, Lympstone, Devon, EnglandPrivatec. 1981  

* 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 1Edwin Landseer LutyensSeptember 1937July 1938Assistant 


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8844 (Combined Box 218)