Basic Biographical Details

Name: Theodore Shealtiel Clerk
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 September 1909
Bio Notes: Theodore Shealtiel Clerk was born on 4 September 1909 in Lancashire. He trained in Edinburgh, attending the diploma course at the Edinburgh College of Art from October 1938 to June 1943. During Easter 1941 he went to Manchester on a vacation scholarship; in summer the same year he did measured work for the Scottish branch of the National Buildings Record; in summer 1942 he undertook housing survey work for the Department of Health for Scotland; and in summer 1943 he secured the Rutland Prize, enabling him to tour to the Building Research Station in Garston and the Forest Products Research Lab in Princes Risborough, as well as studying housing and town planning in London, Leeds, Liverpool and Coventry. He passed the intermediate exam in June 1941 and teh final exam in June 1943, and was admitted ARIBA on 1 October the latter year, his proposers being Frank Charles Mears, Leslie Grahame Thomson and John Ross McKay. His nomination papers indicate that he was then partway through a diploma in town planning that was due to be completed in 1944. He was also AMTPI.

He joined the Town and Country Planning Department in Accra, Gold Coast by 1946. He was still in a post there in 1953, though his address had changed. By 1960 he was the Chief Architect and Town Planner in the Tema Development Corporation. He was still in Tema in 1963. He is not listed in the Directory of 1970, suggesting remained abroad for the rest of his career and possibly died abroad.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4PO Box 114, Accra, Gold CoastBusiness1946 *  
Item 2 of 4PO Box 310, Sekondi, Gold CoastBusiness1953 West Africa
Item 3 of 4PO Box 46, Tema, GhanaBusiness1960 *  
Item 4 of 4PO Box 77, Tema, GhanaBusiness1964 * Also at this address 1965-66

* 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 2National Buildings Record (NBR)Mid 1941Mid 1941 summer vacation work
Item 2 of 2Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)Mid 1942Mid 1942 summer work: survey


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Ross McKay1 October 1943for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears1 October 1943for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)1 October 1943for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

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 A no8277 (combined box 207)