Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Comrie Todd
Born: 9 August 1909
Died: 1959 or 1960
Bio Notes: John Comrie Todd was born on 9 August 1909 and was articled to George Penrose Kennedy Young of Perth on 26 October 1925. In 1929 he moved to Aberdeen to enter the diploma course at the School of Art there at fourth-year level, following this with a post-diploma course from which he qualified in June 1932. He returned to Perth and on 12 September that year became a 'temporary assistant' to the then Architect to Perth Education Authority. He was still there the following year, when he was admitted ARIBA on 23 October, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and his former employer George P K Young. Todd had a post with the Miners' Welfare Committee in about 1938.

Todd moved to London and worked there in the early 1950s. He emigrated to Singapore in November 1955 with his wife Ester Mo-Yow Yuen who was also an architect and his son, John. She was presumably Malaysian by birth. She had studied at the Architectural Association and qualified ARIBA in 1950. In 1960 she was practising in Kuala Lumpur as Yuen & Todd which must have been the husband and wife partnership. However there is no sign of her husband at this time though he was just over 50. He died in 1959 or 1960.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Nethermains, Madderty, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1933 *  
Item 2 of 223a, Connaught Street, 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 2G P K Young & Son26 October 19251929Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Perth Education Authority Architect's Department12 September 1932After June 1933Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo23 October 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)23 October 1933for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George Penrose Kennedy Young23 October 1933for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4  Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960
Item 2 of 4Malaysian Genealogy Forum  Accessed August 2010
Item 3 of 4RIBA1938The RIBA Kalendar 1938-1939 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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5187 (combined box 62)