Basic Biographical Details

Name: Helen Lily Jackson (Mrs Johnston)
Born: 19 March 1913
Died: 1997
Bio Notes: Helen Lily Jackson was born on 19 March 1913 (RIBA Paper) or 1912 (death register), the daughter of Robert Henry Jackson, sales agent, and his wife Jean Watson Patrick. She studied at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1930. Whilst there she spent three months in the office of Lennox & MacMath in 1931 and another three in 1932. In 1934 she joined Gillespie Kidd & Coia as draughtsman, remaining with that firm for twelve months. Meanwhile in September 1934 she obtained a BSc in Architecture from Glasgow University. In June 1935 she was awarded her diploma from the School of Art, and in the same year she joined Wilson & Tait as assistant, working in their Grangemouth office. She was still there when she was admitted ARIBA on 21 June 1937, her proposers being Gavin Lennox, Daniel Walter MacMath, and Thomas Harold Hughes, who described her as 'highly competent'. At that time she was living at 'Ravenswood', Lenzie, Glasgow.

Helen married the architect Ninian Rutherford Jamieson Johnston on 24 June 1937 at St Cyrians Church, Lenzie. She moved with her husband to the Cotswolds in 1976 and died in Malvern, Worcestershire, in mid-1997, her death being registered in June of that year. Her husband had prdeceased her.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Ravenswood, Lenzie, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  

* 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 4Lennox & MacMath19311931ApprenticeThree months only
Item 2 of 4Lennox & MacMath19321932ApprenticeThree months only
Item 3 of 4Gillespie Kidd & Coia19341935Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Wilson & Tait1935After 1937AssistantIn Grangemouth office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes21 June 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Gavin Lennox21 June 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Daniel Walter MacMath21 June 1937for Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3GROSRecords of Marriages  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6435 (combined box 139)