Basic Biographical Details

Name: Horace Athelstone Woulfe Knight
Born: 21 October 1902
Died: 2 June 1975
Bio Notes: Horace Athelstone Woulfe Knight was born at Brae, Lerwick, Shetland on 21 October 1902. He studied full-time at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, Aberdeen from March 1921 to June 1923 and thereafter continued to attend evening classes whilst serving an apprenticeship to Sutherland & George. From May to November 1926 he worked as assistant to George Watt, and subsequently he went to the USA where he joined the Architect's Department of Messrs Armour & Co of Chicago as assistant in February 1927. He remained there until December 1931.

Knight returned to Aberdeen to join George Watt as chief assistant in August 1932. He moved to Southend-on-Sea, Essex to take up an appointment as assistant to E C Cole Ltd in November 1934, and left that office when he secured a position as assistant in the LCC Housing Department in March 1935. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 17 October 1944, his proposers being Henry Hyams, J William Hepburn and R Wilson. His nomination papers give his private address as Withy Cottage, Woodham Lane, Woking, Surrey. Knight emigrated to New Zealand and died aged 72 in Palmerston North on 2 June 1975. He was cremated in Kelvin Grove Crematorium.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Brae, Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, ScotlandPrivate1902 Place of birth
Item 2 of 6Architects Dept, Messrs Armour & Co, Chicago, Illinois, United States of AmericaBusinessFebruary 1927December 1931 
Item 3 of 6E C Cole Ltd, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, EnglandBusinessNovember 1934March 1935 
Item 4 of 6Withy Cottage, Woodham Lane, Woking, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1944 *  
Item 5 of 6Elmcott, Twickenham Road, Hanworth, Berkshire (or Middlessex), EnglandPrivatec. 1950  
Item 6 of 67, Ave Gardens, Teddington, Middlessex, EnglandPrivate1960 *  

* 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 4Sutherland & GeorgeJune 1923May 1926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4George WattMay 1926November 1926Assistant 
Item 3 of 4George WattAugust 1932October 1934Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)March 1935After 1944AssistantIn Housing Department, Westminster


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James William Hepburn17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Henry Hyams17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3R Wilson17 October 1944for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

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 L no5637 (combined box 92)