Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Robert Clunie Rowell
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 January 1916
Died: 2001
Bio Notes: James Robert Clunie Rowell was born on 7 January 1916. He studied architecture at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College from 1934. During this period he obtained three and a half years experience in the office of Keppie & Henderson. He was a member of the RIBA party which visited Italy in 1938. He would appear to assisted in teaching at Glasgow School of Art in the session 1938-39. He was elected ARIBA in 1940, proposed by Thomas Harold Hughes, Andrew Graham Henderson and William James Smith. In about 1954 he spent a period of time teaching at the College of Technology in Ibadan, Nigeria. In 1960 he was in partnership with John Maxwell Anderson as Rowell & Anderson in Prestwick and his address was in Prestwick in 1963 at the time of his election to the RIAS. He was a member of the Inverness Chapter of the RIAS as he would appear to have been based in Orkney at some point in the 1960s.

In 1975 Rowell was practising on his own with an office in Irvine in Ayrshire.

He died in 2001.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Marsden, Ardayre Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1940  
Item 2 of 4Brodgar, Stenness, Orkney, ScotlandPrivate/business1960s(?)  
Item 3 of 44, Station Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1963 *  
Item 4 of 445, Townhead, Irvine, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1975  

* 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 2Rowell & Anderson19591970Partner 
Item 2 of 2Park Rowell Baird & Partnersc. 1970 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson9 January 1940For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes9 January 1940For Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith9 January 1940For 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 31968Villa, Station RoadPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 2 of 31970St Joseph's RC ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandDecluttered sanctuary
Item 3 of 31971Townend Community CentreDreghorn AyrshireScotlandConversion of farmhouse


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered ArchitectApril 2001v12, no3 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 7425 (Combined Box 189)