Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Charles Richardson
Born: 5 December 1912
Died: 10 March 1990
Bio Notes: John Charles Richardson was born on 5 December 1912, the son of H=James Richardson, customs and excise officer, and his wife Grace Smith Matheson. He was articled to the Huntly practice of Sutherland & Taylor, receiving tuition from Taylor, who was probably William Logan Taylor. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1933 he commenced three years' full-time study at Aberdeen School of Architecture, where he obtained his diploma and an exemption from the RIBA final examination in 1936. He was admitted ARIBA on 12 April 1937, his proposers being James Brown Nicol, John Gibb Marr and R Leslie Rollo. By that time he had secured an appointment in the Aberdeen City Architect's Department under the then City Architect Alexander Buchanan Gardner, whilst continuing to live in Huntly at 'Brohemie', Richmond Road. By 1950 he had moved to the post of District Surveyor in the Ministry of Works (later Department of the Environment) in Aberdeen. He was elected FRIAS in 1953.

He retired on 31 December 1972 amd resigned his membership of the RIBA the following year. He died in Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen on 10 March 1990, survived by his wife Dorothy Walker and his married daughter, Julia.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Brohemie, Richmond Road, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  
Item 2 of 451, St Swithin Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate(?)c. 1953  
Item 3 of 4New Elvet/440, North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1970s  
Item 4 of 4Angusfield House/226, Queen's Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessEarly 1970s  

* 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 4Sutherland & Taylor1928(?)1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)1936 or 1937After 1937AssistantWorking under Alexander Buchanan Gardner, City Architect
Item 3 of 4Alexander Buchanan Gardner1936 or 1937After 1937AssistantIn Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)c. 1950 Surveyor 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gibb Marr12 April 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown Nicol12 April 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo12 April 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The 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 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6401 (combined box 137)