Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Howden Cook
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 August 1899
Died: Mid 1970
Bio Notes: John Howden Cook was born on 18 August 1899 and attended the diploma course at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen from 1919 to 1922, during which period he also gained practical experience in the office of George Bennett Mitchell.

On receiving his diploma, he sought further experience in various offices in Australia, working for Atkinson & Conrad of Brisbane in 1922-3, for William Chambers of Sydney in 1923-4, and for Hare & Hare of Melbourne in 1924-6. He then returned to the United Kingdom to spend four years working in the H M Office of Works Architect's Department. In 1930 he left Britain again, this time for Canada, where he found employment with David R Brown of Montreal in 1930-31 and with Shorey & Ritchie in the same town in 1931-2. In the latter year he moved back to England, securing a post with the construction engineers Campbell & Gifford. Two years later he secured a post in the London County Council Architect's Department, where he remained for some years. He was still there when he passed the final exam in July 1942, and he was admitted ARIBA on 17 November that year. His proposers were John Henry Forshaw, H B Mackenzie, and Edwin Williams, who described him in a supporting statement as an 'outstanding young architect'.

Cook died in London sometime between July and September 1970.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 342, Ebbisham Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1942 *  
Item 2 of 320, Kinnarton Street, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, EnglandPrivate(?)c. 1955  
Item 3 of 3Stag Lodge/1, Altar Road, Wimbledon, London, EnglandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 9George Bennett Mitchell19191922Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 9Atkinson & Conrad19221923Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 9William Chambers19231924Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 9Hare & Hare19241926Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 9H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19261930 in London
Item 6 of 9David Robertson Brown19301931  
Item 7 of 9Shorey & Ritchie19311932  
Item 8 of 9Campbell & Gifford19321934  
Item 9 of 9London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1934After 1942  


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Henry Forshaw17 November 1942for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Henry Blinman MacKenzie17 November 1942for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Edwin Williams17 November 1942for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8088 (combined box 203)