Basic Biographical Details

Name: Oliver Frederick Savege
Born: 1889 or 1890
Died: 1968
Bio Notes: Oliver Frederick Savege was born in 1889 or 1890 and was articled initally in 1906 to James H Langlands, then Dundee School Board architect, but he transferred a year later to the office of Thomas Martin Cappon of Dundee. He moved to London in 1909, becoming draughtsman first to Gibson Skipwith & Gordon and then as head draughtsman to Edward Guy Dawber, and studying at the RA Schools, where he was awarded a travelling studentship in 1913. The following year he enlisted in the armed forces, serving in France until 1918. He was elected ARIBA under the war exemption scheme on 1 March 1920.

In 1919 he emigrated to Hong Kong where he joined the firm of Little, Adams & Wood. He moved again in 1926, settling in Kuala Lumpur where he took charge of the office of Swan & Maclaren. He remained there until at leasy 1931.

He was admitted FRIBA in early 1929, proposed by David McLeod Craik, Frank Wilmin Brewer and W F _____ who was then Chief Architect in the Public Works Department, Kuala Lumpur.

Savege returned to England before 1938. He settled in Sussex and presumably practised there. However by 1950 he is listed as being in practice with J N Wilson, H C Mason & Partners in London. He had retired by 1960 and died aged 77 in Plymouth in early 1968. His death was registered between January and March of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 66, Holland Road, Kensington, London, EnglandPrivate1919 *  
Item 2 of 63, Market Square, Singapore, SingaporeBusiness1928 *  
Item 3 of 65, Conlay Road, Singapore, SingaporePrivate1928 *  
Item 4 of 6Rodmill, Luxford Road, Haywards Heath, Sussex, EnglandPrivate(?)1938 *  
Item 5 of 627, Surrenden Crescent, Brighton, Sussex, EnglandPrivate/business(?)Before 1946After 1949 
Item 6 of 63, Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London, EnglandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 5Thomas Martin Cappon19061909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Gibson, Skipwith & Gordon1909Before 1914Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5(Sir) Edward Guy DawberAfter 19091914Head Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 5Little, Adams & Wood19191925Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Swan & Maclaren1926  In charge of office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Frank Wilmin BrewerEarly 1929for Fellowship
Item 2 of 5David McLeod CraikEarly 1929for Fellowship
Item 3 of 5(Sir) Edward Guy Dawber1 March 1920For Associateship
Item 4 of 5James Glen Sivewright Gibson1 March 1920For Associateship
Item 5 of 5Walter Symington Athol Gordon1 March 1920For Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Charles Stuart Macnab17 November 1942for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Alastair Marshall McMichaelLate 1932for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4RIBA1938The RIBA Kalendar 1938-1939 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no2666 (box 10); A no 2908 (microfilm reel 24)