Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Flett
Born: 8 November 1910
Died: 14 December 1955
Bio Notes: George Flett was born on 8 November 1910 at Netherton, Findochty, Rathven, the son of John Flett, fisherman, and his wife, Isabella Smith who were married at Rathven in 1898. He entered the office of James Wood, Banffshire County Architect as a pupil on 3 September 1928. On leaving his office a year later he joined that of Kelly & Nicol in Aberdeen, and commenced evening classes at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Technical College. Two years later he left Kelly & Nicol to study full-time at the School, where he gained his diploma in June 1934, entitling him to an exemption from the RIBA final exam. He was admitted ARIBA on 24 June 1935, his proposers being James Brown Nicol, R Leslie Rollo and John Gibb Marr. By that time he had moved to London and found employment as senior architect in the firm of Newberry & Fowler, where he was involved in the work on the building for the General Nursing Council for England and Wales in Portland Place. Sometime before the outbreak of the Second World War he spent time assisting in an office in Colombo, Ceylon.

In 1940 Flett joined the Scots Guards and was commissioned in the Royal Artillery but transferred to the Royal Engineers, attaining the rank of Major. He served there until 1945. By 1946 it became clear that he had contracted tuberculosis. Although for some time before his death he had been unable to do regular work, his last project was a competition design for the new Legislative Council Building, Uganda. He died on 14 December 1955.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 210, Sinclair Gardens, London W14, EnglandPrivate1935 * Temporary address
Item 2 of 25, Seafield Street, Findochty, Banffshire, ScotlandPrivate1935 *After 1950Permanent address

* 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 4Banffshire County Architect's Office3 September 1928September 1929ApprenticeWorking under James Wood, County Architect
Item 2 of 4James Wood3 September 1928September 1929ApprenticeIn Banffshire County Architect's Department
Item 3 of 4Kelly & NicolSeptember 19291931Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Newberry & Fowler1934 or 1935After 1936 Senior Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gibb Marr24 June 1935for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown Nicol24 June 1935for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo24 June 1935for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalDecember 1955 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 no5760 (combined box 98)