Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alan Colin Turner
Designation: Architect
Born: 1927
Died: 1968
Bio Notes: Alan Colin Turner was born in 1927 in Gravesend in Kent. He studied at the Polytechnic in London. and was elected ARIBA in 1953. From that year he worked for Tripe & Wakeham in their office in Kuwait where he was responsible for and design and construction of a large elementary school and was also responsible for other in London and Kuwait. In 1955 he left to set up business on his own account. He was based in the south of England but undertook at least two housing projects in Northern Scotland, at Nairn and Inverness.

In 1960 he was working in partnership with Robert Arthur Kitching as Turner & Kitching. Kitching had also studied at the Polytechnic and had been elected ARIBA in 1951. He was elected FRIBA on 2 October 1968, proposed by E T Ashley-Smith, Rodney J Allan, and John H Browne. By that date his office staff consisted of one other architect, David Swann, two technicians, one junior assistant and one secretary. The practice was based in Gravesend. The practice undertook a wide range of work including hotels, commercial and industrial developments, multi-storey flats etc.

Turner died young between July and September, 1968. By 1970 Kitching had moved to Australia and was working in Melbourne in the practice Norman C Smith & R A Kitching.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 520, Stone Street, Gravesend, Kent, EnglandPrivateBefore 1956  
Item 2 of 5137, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, EnglandBusiness1960  
Item 3 of 517a, Sheppy Place, Gravesend, Kent, EnglandBusiness1965 *  
Item 4 of 5129/130, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, EnglandBusiness1968 *  
Item 5 of 5259, Singlewell Road, Gravesend, Kent, EnglandPrivate1968 *  

* 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 1Tripe & Wakeham19531955Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Rodney J Allan2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3E T Ashley-Smith2 October 1969For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3John H Browne2 October 1968For Fellowship

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 2Before 1968Private development of 184 housesInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 2 of 2Before 1968Private development of 205 housesNairn NairnshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1956Kalendar 1956-57   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA 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 F no6427 (Combined box 138)