Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Flett Duncan
Born: 2 January 1905
Bio Notes: John Flett Duncan was born on 2 January 1905 and was articled to R M Fulton of Buckie, Banffshire on 22 November 1920. After completing his apprenticeship he was appointed junior assistant draughtsman to John Alexander Ogg Allan of Aberdeen. He transferred to a similar post in the office of George Morrison Hay of Aberdeen on 28 November 1927, and on 17 August 1928 was appointed assistant to James Wood, Banffshire County Architect, in Cullen.

After four months in Wood's office he commenced formal studies at the School fo architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, where he obtained his diploma in July 1933. On 5 June the following year he returned to Wood's office for another four months as assistant, before moving to Belfast where he joined the Ministry of Finance Office of Works on 9 October 1934. He was still there when he was admitted ARIBA on 11 February 1935, his proposers being R Leslie Rollo, John Alexander Ogg Allan and John Gibb Marr. He continued to work in the same department until his retirement in about 1963.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Department of Works & Public Buildings, May Street, Belfast, Northern IrelandBusiness1934c. 1963 
Item 2 of 2c/o Mrs McCardle/126, University Street, Belfast, Northern IrelandPrivate1935 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8Robert McFie Fulton22 November 1920Before 1926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8John Alexander Ogg Allan13 September 192626 November 1927Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 8George Morrison Hay28 November 192721 July 1928Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Banffshire County Architect's Office17 August 192827 December 1928AssistantUnder James Wood, County Architect
Item 5 of 8James Wood17 August 192827 December 1928AssistantIn Banffshire County Architect's Office
Item 6 of 8Banffshire County Architect's Office5 June 19348 October 1934AssistantUnder James Wood, County Architect
Item 7 of 8James Wood5 June 19348 October 1934AssistantIn Banffshire County Architect's Office
Item 8 of 8Ministry of Finance Architect's Department, (or Department of Works & Public Buildings) Government of Northern Ireland8 October 1934c. 1963Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg Allan11 February 1935for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Gibb Marr11 February 1935for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo11 February 1935for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1956Kalendar 1956-57   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5634 (combined box 92)