Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hubert Edwin Furse
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 January 1899
Died: 1964
Bio Notes: Hubert Edwin Furse was born on 19 January 1919. He attended the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools. In 1925 he won the Royal Academy Gold Medal and the Edward Street Travelling Scholarship as well as the Royal Academy Silver Medal and the Landseer Prize. In 1925-26 he travelled in Italy on his Edward Street prize. In 1926 he was awarded the British Institution Scholarship which was subsequently extended for a further year.

In 1927 in his spare time he entered compeitions with various associates and won 3rd Prize in the Birmingham Technical College competition, 3rd prize in the Duncan of Jordanstone College competition and First Mention in the Soutern Rhodesia Houses of Parliament competition all three with R A Mellon. Thereafter he continued to enter competition for twenty years.

In 1929 he took a post as assistant to Sir Henry Tanner where he remained for six years. In 1936 he moved to the office of J J Wills and remained there for three years. He joined the Ministry of works in 1939 as assistant and worked his way up through the grades until architect level in 1947. In 1952 he was elected LRIBA, proposed by William Arthur Rutter, Julian Leathart and Cyril, or George, Ford (writing unclear).

He died in Surrey in 1964.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Willow Bend, Broomfield Ride, Oxshott, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1952  
Item 2 of 2Abell House, John Islip Street, London, EnglandBusiness1952 *  

* 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 5(Sir) Henry Tanner1929 Assistant 
Item 2 of 5F J Wills & Son1936 Assistant 
Item 3 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1939 Assistant 
Item 4 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1945 Assistant Architect 
Item 5 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1947After 1952Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Julian Rudolph Leathart1 April 1952For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2William Arthur Rutter1 April 1952For Licentiateship


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 PapersL6510 (Box 143)