Basic Biographical Details

Name: James William Davies Kelly
Born: 22 June 1901
Died: Mid 1982
Bio Notes: James William Davies Kelly was born in 1901. He was articled to J M Dick Peddie from 1915 until 1920 and remained with the practice of Dick Peddie & Walker Todd as as assistant thereafter. He attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art under George Washington Browne, and studied constructional steelwork at Heriot Watt College in 1920-21.

In March 1924 he moved as assistant to Tulloch & Fitzsimons in Belfast. In 1926 he moved again, emigrating to Argentina to take up a post as senior assistant to the Great Southern Railway in Buenos Aires. He left that post in November 1931, returning to Britain and taking up a post in March 1932 as senior assistant to the London Passenger Transport Board under Stanley A Heaps. From March 1941 he was in charge of all building works for the Board, including that relating to aircraft. He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1939-40 and at that time was living at 25 Chandos Road, Eastcote, Middlesex.

He left the Board in March 1945 to return to his former employer, J M Monro & Son, as a manager in their London and Glasgow offices. He was admitted LRIBA on 7 May the following year, his proposers being Stanley Heaps, Charles Ernest Monro and another (Thomas Bilbou?).

In 1971 his was living in Harrow. He died in mid-1982 (his death was registered between July and September) in Brent.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 225, Chandos Road, Eastcote, Middlesex, EnglandPrivateBefore 1939After 1946 
Item 2 of 2Hill Farm, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness1946 * working for James M Monro & Son

* 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 7J M Dick Peddie & Forbes Smith15 July 1915January 1920Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7J M Dick Peddie & Walker ToddJanuary 1920July 1920Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7J M Dick Peddie & Walker ToddJuly 1920March 1924Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Tulloch & FitzsimonsMarch 1924November 1926Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Ferrocarril del Sud, Oficina Vias y Obras (Great Southern Railways, Argentina)November 1926November 1931Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 7London Passenger Transport Board Architect's OfficeMarch 1932March 1945Senior Assistantworking under Stanley A Heaps
Item 7 of 7J M Monro & SonMarch 1945 Managerin London office (also involved in Glasgow)


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Stanley A Heaps7 May 1946for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Charles Ernest Monro7 May 1946for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 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 L no5894 (combined box 106)