Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edwin Alfred Rickards
Born: 1872
Died: 29 August 1920
Bio Notes: Edwin Alfred Rickards, born in 1872, was first articled to Richard John Lovell, but like Henry Vaughan Lanchester, moved to Frederick James Eedle's and after a spell with Dunn & Watson, also to George Campbell Sherrin's where he renewed contact with Lanchester and met James S Stewart; from there he went to Leonard Stokes's office until invited by Lanchester to join him and James S Stewart in partnership. The firm came into immediate prominence by winning the third premium in the Edinburgh North British competition and then in the following year by winning the Cardiff City Hall and Law Courts competition.

Stewart died in 1904, the firm becoming Lanchester & Rickards. In 1912 Lanchester went to India to report on a site for New Delhi and the replanning of Madras and other Indian cities and acquired a large practice there. Rickards, who had suffered from indifferent health since a near collapse from overwork in 1913 looked after the London office. He volunteered for military service in 1916 but was invalided out from the trenches in France after three months. He became seriously ill in 1919 and died in Bournemouth on 29 August 1920.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1London, EnglandBusiness   

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 6Frederick James EedleAfter 1888Before 1896Assistant 
Item 2 of 6Leonard Aloysius Scott StokesAfter 18901896Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Dunn & WatsonAfter 1890Before 1896Assistant 
Item 4 of 6George Campbell SherrinAfter 1890Before 1896Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Lanchester, Stewart & Rickards18963 August 1904Partner 
Item 6 of 6Lanchester & Rickards3 August 19041920Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Stewart KayeAfter 1905 *Before 1912Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Leonard Rome Guthrie28 February 1910for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Mitchell White Halley1914for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3William Hardy Wilson1 March 1909For Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 31896North Bridge  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - placed third for buildings flanking approach (100 premium)
Item 2 of 31897Town Hall  CardiffWalesWon design competition
Item 3 of 31910Usher Hall  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not placed but influenced Stockdale Harrison's revised design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914