Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Harrison Ball
Born: 15 September 1900
Died: 1966
Bio Notes: James Harrison Ball was born on 15 September 1900 and was articled to William Kelly of Kelly & Nicol, Aberdeen in 1917, attending classes at the Aberdeen School of Architecture. He completed his apprenticeship in 1923 but continued to study at the School until 1925, and travelled in France and Spain. Thereafter he moved to Dublin to become senior assistant to W H Byrne & Son, later moving to Bolton to join Bradshaw Gass & Hope in the same capacity. He was admitted LRIBA on 7 October 1930, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior, and George Morrison Hay, all of Aberdeen. By that time he had joined the London County Council as an assistant. Rollo, under whom he had studied at the Aberdeen School of Architecture, thought particularly highly of him, describing him in his nomination papers as 'greatly distinguished, amongst his contemporaries in his studies, by refinement, charm, & delicacy in his work which was of an extremely high standard of excellence (which still obtains)'.

Ball died in London in 1966, his death being registered between October and December of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 250, Glenloch Road, Belsize Park, London, EnglandPrivate1930 *  
Item 2 of 212a Spencer House, Albion Avenue, London, EnglandBusiness1960 *  

* 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 4Kelly & Nicol19171923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Bradshaw Gass & HopeAfter 1925Before 1930Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4W H Byrne & Sonc. 1925(?)Before 1930Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1930 * Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Morrison Hay7 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo7 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)7 October 1930for Licentiateship


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 L no3337 (box 9)