Basic Biographical Details

Name: Phipps Turnbull
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 November 1916
Died: December 1997
Bio Notes: Phipps Turnbull was born on 1 November 1916. He took the 5-year full-time architecture course at Edinburgh College of Art. The period October 1934 to June 1937 was spent at the College. From October 1938 to June 1939 he had a post as assistant to H V Ashley and F Winton Newman in London and from May to August of the latter year he worked as assistant to Wimperis Simpson & Guthrie also in London. He made various study tours in England and on the Continent around this time, in the Cotswolds, Sussex, France, Switzerland and Italy. In his Nomination Paper Turnbull does not specify where the years 1939-44 were spent but presumably he was working in some capacity for the war effort. From November 1944 to December 1945 he served with the Royal Engineers in Italy.

In June 1946 he was awarded his diploma, having been given exemption from the RIBA final exams. Around this time he had a post with the Department of Health for Scotland.

Turnbull retired at end of 1981 and resigned from the RIBA in 1982. By that time he was living in Devon. He died there in December 1997.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 23, Lennox Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1946  
Item 2 of 2Lindenwood, Budleigh, Salterton, Devon, EnglandPrivatec. 1981  

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 3Ashley & NewmanOctober 1937April 1938Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Wimperis, Simpson & GuthrieMay 1938August 1938Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)1946 Assistant 


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 no8846 (Combined Box 218)