Basic Biographical Details

Name: Walter Welsh Forsythe
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 January 1907
Bio Notes: Walter Welsh Forsythe was born on 5 January 1907. He studied at Royal Technical College in Glasgow from 1921 and at the same time served his articles in the practice of George A Boswell. He completed his articles in 1926. From 1926 to 1929 he worked possibly as a surveyor with J Gall Smith and in the latter year transferred to the office of William Bain Co where he worked as architect and surveyor. Many works he undertook there were in conjunction with the Ministry of Works in Edinburgh.

In 1936 Forsythe moved to work in Leeds for Messrs Montague Burton where the senior architect was N Martin, FRIBA. Forsythe states that he had 'complete control of the design', detailing and supervision etc of seven of the larger branches of the shop, the largest being in Warrington.

In 1939 he transferred to the practice of J Gordon Davies in Norwich to the position of senior assistant where he worked mainly on industrial projects. He joined the Norfolk and Norwich Association of Architects and was also a member of the Institute of Regional Architects.

He was elected LRIBA in 1947 proposed by John Gordon Davies, Eric Wildred Boning Scott and Theodore Gilbert Scott.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 17B, Carrour Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, EnglandPrivate1947 *  

* 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 5George Arthur Boswell19211926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5J Gall Smith19261939Assistant 
Item 3 of 5William Bain & Co19291936ArchitectAlso as surveyor
Item 4 of 5Montague Burton Architects1936 Architect 
Item 5 of 5John Gordon Davies1939After 1947Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gordon Davies6 May 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Eric Wifred Boning Scott6 May 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Theodore Gilbert Scott6 May 1947For Licentiateship


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 L no 6098 (Combined Box 119)