Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Charles Williams
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1933
Bio Notes: James Charles Williams was born about 1933. He studied for the diploma in architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 1954. From 1954-55 he was a junior assistant in the practice Basil Spence & Partners, moving to Shea Tully & Partners in Margate as an assistant. the years 1956-58 were spent with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves. In the latter year he returned to Edinburgh and took a post as assistant with Eric Hall & Partners. He stayed there for about a year but moved to in 1959 to a position with Messrs Robertson Ward Associates in Antigua. He spent two years there.

In 1961 he returned to the United Kingdom where obtained a post as job architect with Messrs George Trew & Dunn In London. In 1964 he opened business on his own account. His owrk in private practice was wide ranging - housing of all differeent types, a youth club, a working man's club and a village hall as well as conversions and alterations. He was still practising as James Williams architect at the time of his nomination to Fellowship of the RIBA in 1968, proposed by R W Paine, F S Knight, and Ian Bampton. About this time he also had a part-time teaching post at Canterbury College of Art.

By 1979 he was working in the Kelly/Williams Partnership which was based in Dartford in Kent. In 1984 the address of the practice is in London. He does not appear in the RIBA Directory of 1994.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Long Street, St John's, Antigua, West IndiesBusinessc. 1960  
Item 2 of 411, Duke Street, Manchester Square, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1965After 1970 
Item 3 of 44, Upper South Street, The Centre, New Ash Green, Dartford, Kent, EnglandBusiness1979 *  
Item 4 of 43-5, Barrett Street, London, EnglandBusiness1984 *  

* 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 5Basil Spence & Partners19541955Junior Assistant 
Item 2 of 5Shea Tully & Partners19551956Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Eric Hall & Partners (Eric W Hall & Partners)19581959Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Robertson Ward Associates19591961Assistant 
Item 5 of 5George Trew & Dunn19611964Job architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Ian Bampton2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3F S Knight2 October 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3R W Paine2 October 1968For Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 2 of 5RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no6432 (Combined Box 139)