Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur George Wright Ogilvie
Born: 1 July 1893
Bio Notes: Arthur George Wright Ogilvie was born on 1 July 1893 and was articled to Leslie Ower & Allan of Dundee in July 1912, remaining with Thoms & Wilkie after the latter firm took over the Ower & Allan business following Ower's retirement in 1916. During this period he attended classes at the Dundee School of Art.

Ogilvie left to join the army in 1917, but returned to Dundee in January 1919 to join Frank Drummond Thomson as senior assistant. Only a few months later, in July that year, he emigrated to Hong Kong to work for Palmer & Turner, leaving them in August 1925 to commence practice on his own account. In 1928 or 1929 he moved to Kenya and he was still practising there, in Mombasa, when he was elected FRIBA in late 1932 or early 1933, his proposers being W J Price of Jerusalem, and Patrick Hill Thoms and William Salmond of Dundee. His nomination papers state that he had travelled extensively in China, Japan and French Indo-China, particularly the ruins at Angkor in Cambodia. His work involved commercial as well as domestic buildings.

Ogilvie remained working in Kenya for the rest of his career.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Hong Kong, ChinaPrivate/business19191928 or 1929 
Item 2 of 4Coral Gables, Hobley Road, Mombasa, KenyaPrivate1930After 1932 
Item 3 of 4Roger Road, Mombasa, KenyaBusiness1932 *  
Item 4 of 4South British Insurance Building, Kilndini Road, Mombasa, KenyaBusiness1946After 1960 

* 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 4Leslie Ower & AllanJuly 19121916Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thoms & Wilkie19161917Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Frank Drummond ThomsonJanuary 1919July 1919Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Palmer & TurnerJuly 1919August 1925Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3W J PriceLate 1932 or early 1933for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3William SalmondLate 1932 or early 1933for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Patrick Hill ThomsLate 1932 or early 1933for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 F no3058 (box 16)