Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ritchie & Kinnear
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Before 1960
Ended: After 1970
Bio Notes: James Watson Ritchie was born on 12 September 1901, the son of John Neish Ritchie, general merchant, and his wife Annie Watson. He was articled to William Liddle Duncan of Turriff in 1917. He moved to Edinburgh in 1921 to study at the Edinburgh College of Art, holding a maintenance scholarship in the year 1924-5, and during this period found employment in the offices of James Bow Dunn from 1924 to 1925 and thereafter with Richardson & McKay. He was awarded his diploma in 1926, and was admitted ARIBA on 29 November that year, his proposers being Williiam Davidson, Charles Denny Carus-Wilson, and John Begg, whose supporting statement describes Ritchie as 'an exceptionally satisfactory student'. Late that year he joined Robert Lorimer as assistant.

He moved to Bolton, Lancashire in 1929 to work as an assistant to Bradshaw Gass & Hope, returning to Edinburgh in 1933 to take up a post as assistant in H M Office of Works. Two years later he was appointed architect to the Rankin Memorial Hospital, Greenock. In 1937 he moved again to join Percy L Browne & Harding of Newcastle, but he returned to Dundee in 1940 when he was taken into partnership in the firm of Carver, Symon & Ross, which then had branch offices in Perth, Arbroath, Brechin and Montrose. He was admitted FRIBA in 1956, his proposers being Herbert Morgan Smail, Thomas Hill Thoms and Donald Ross. At that time he was working for Carver Symon & Ross and the practice had offices in Dundee, Perth, Arbroath, Brechin and Montrose.

By 1960 Ritchie was practising as Ritchie & Kinnear. This partnership continued until at least 1970. The practice subsequently became Ritchie, Rennie & Dagen. Kinnear has yet to be identified.

Ritchie died at Ninewells Hospital Dundee on 9 June 1976. He was survived by his wife Winifred Mackay.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 22, Hill Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  
Item 2 of 29, Ward Road, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1James Watson Ritchie1960 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 3Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 2 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970