Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Macgregor Harvey
Born: 30 October 1896
Died: 14 June 1979
Bio Notes: James Macgregor Harvey was born on 30 October 1896, the son of William Harvey, master dyer and his wife Helen Edwards. He studied at Glasgow School of Architecture and was articled with John Burnet & Son in Glasgow from 1908 to 1913 and continued as a draughtsman until 1915, when he was awarded a RIBA studentship. During the First World War he undertook munitions factory work as he was unfit for active service.

In 1918 he became chief draughtsman with Charles McNair. He was then taken into partnership by Eric Sinclair Bell in Stirling. He was a Fellow of the RIAS from 1927 and a Fellow of the Edinburgh Architectural Association by 1930 or 1931, at which time his address was 43 Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh. By 1939 -1940 he had moved to 28A Polwarth Terrace where he remained until at least 1950. From 1927 until at least 1945 he worked with Edinburgh City Architects Department (Edinburgh Corporation) on hospital and child welfare projects.

He was admitted LRIBA on 7 May 1946, his proposers being Ebenezer James MacRae, Professor William James Smith and John Ross McKay.

He died on 14 June 1979 at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth V Craig, with whom he lived (11 Hillpark Road, Edinburgh). His wife, Irene May Sudlow, had predeceased him. They had married on 29 July 1927.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 343, Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1930 or 1931 *  
Item 2 of 328A, Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1939 or 1940 *After 1950 
Item 3 of 339, Merchiston Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 6John Burnet & Son19081913Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John Burnet & Son19131915Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 6Charles James McNair19181920Chief Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 6(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell19201927Partner 
Item 5 of 6Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)1927After 1945 as Edinburgh Corporation, working on hospital and welfare work
Item 6 of 6Reiach & Hall1960s Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Ebenezer James MacRae7 May 1946for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay7 May 1946for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith7 May 1946for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman15 June 1950  p6

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of David RossInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent February 2013
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5892 (combined box 106)