Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harry Powls
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 February 1923
Died: March 1986
Bio Notes: Harry Powls was born on 25 February 1923. From September 1940 to February 1941 and from September 1946 to June 1950 he studied at Hull School of Art sitting the final exam in 1952. The interruption in his studies was presumably because of war service. He was elected ARIBA in 1952, proposed by C W C Needham, Kenneth Ward and Charles R Sharp.

From 1950-51 he was an assistant in the practice of Arthur Lazenby in Hull, moving to the practice of Needham Thorp & White, architects and town planners, York in 1952. In 1956 he moved to the practice of J G K Poulson in Ropergate, Pontefract and the following year, 1957, he returned to to Needham Thorp & White. as senior assistant and latterly partner. He soent a year with J G L Poulson as chief architect in the School Department and the following year he moved to Gillinson Barnett & Partners as associate becoming a full partner in June 1966 where he remained until at least the 1970s. The main office of Gillinson Barnett & Partners was in Leeds but in 1969 there was also an office in Albyn Place, Edinburgh.

Powls was elected FRIBA in 1969, proposed by Clifford Barnett, Lawrence N Cordingley and Alan Theaker.

He died in Hull, Yorkshire in March 1986.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 526, Collingwood Avenue, York, EnglandPrivate1952  
Item 2 of 56, High Petergate, York, EnglandBusiness1952 *  
Item 3 of 5Town Centre House, The Marion Centre, Leeds, EnglandBusiness1968  
Item 4 of 57, Albyn Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1968  
Item 5 of 5Leeds, EnglandPrivate/business1970 *  

* 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 7Arthur Lazenby19501951Assistant 
Item 2 of 7Needham, Thorp & White19521956AssistantAssistant architect
Item 3 of 7John Garlick Llewlyn Poulson19561957Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Needham, Thorp & White19571962Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 7John Garlick Llewlyn Poulson19621963Chief AssistantChief assistant in the Schools Department
Item 6 of 7Gillinson Barnett & PartnersJune 1964June 1966Associate 
Item 7 of 7Gillinson Barnett & Partners1966 *After 1970Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Clifford Harry Barnett5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Lawrence N Cordingley5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6C W C Needham10 December 1952For Associateship
Item 4 of 6Charles Gwynne Humphrey Sharp10 December 1952For Associateship
Item 5 of 6Alan Theaker5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Kenneth Ward10 December 1952For 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 21963Coopers supermarkets   Scotland 
Item 2 of 21968Coopers supermarketEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA 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 Harry Powls A no14085, F no6065 (Combined Box 117)