Basic Biographical Details

Name: Derek Selby Wright
Born: 4 July 1910
Died: 18 April 1972
Bio Notes: Derek Selby Wright was born on 4 July 1910, the son of Vernon Oswald Wright, musician, and his wife Anna Gilberta selby. He commenced the five-year diploma course at Edinburgh College of Art in October 1927. From 1928 to 1930 he was a pupil in the office of Dick Peddie & Walker Todd, and he subsequently spent a year in that of Stewart Kaye. He obtained his diploma in July 1935 and passed the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh in July 1936. During that year he again worked in Kaye's practice, by then Stewart Kaye & Walls. Wright was admitted ARIBA on 11 January 1937, his proposers being William James Walker Todd, John Begg, and L Stuart Stanley of the Bartlett School of Architecture. Stanley also witnessed Wright's declaration accepting his admittance, which was signed on 21 January that year, suggesting that Wright was in London and perhaps studying at the Bartlett at that time. However, both on his nomination papers and in the RIBA Kalendar of 1939-40 Wright's home address is given as 12 Saxe Coburg Place, Edinburgh.

He died on 18 April 1972 at Edingtomn Cottage Hospital, North Berwick. He was survived by his wife Clare Morris Pritchard.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Farend/5a, Tantallon Terrace, North Berwick, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate 1972 
Item 2 of 4London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1937 *  
Item 3 of 412, Saxe Coburg Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1937After 1939 
Item 4 of 416, Royal Circus, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *  

* 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 3J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd19281930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Stewart KayeAfter 1930Before 1935Assistantfor one year during this period
Item 3 of 3Stewart Kaye & Walls1936 * 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 3John Begg11 January 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Leslie Stuart Stanley11 January 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William James Walker Todd11 January 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6264 (combined box 129)