Basic Biographical Details

Name: Howard John Chitty
Born: 18 July 1916
Died: 16 September 1992
Bio Notes: Howard John Chitty was born on 18 July 1916, the son of John Thomas Chitty, assistant gas manager, and his wife Florence Eliza Edwards. He was admitted ARIBA in 1948. From January 1949 he was an assistant architect with Ross & Cromarty County Council, moving the following year to the North East Regional Hospital Board also as assistant architect. His address was given as c/o York House, Inverness in 1950. He was elected FRIAS in 1958.

On 1 November 1951 he was invited to join Thomas Munro & Co as a partner. He undertook part-time teaching at Inverness Technical College in the session 1958-59. He was elected FRIBA in 1971, proposed by Ian Archibald Munro, Edward A Meldrum and M B Ganley (not identified). His Fellowship paper describes the range of work undertaken by the firm which spread to both town and country work. Chitty had full responsiblity for building the following types of work: Domestic work, largely private housing, commercial work which included shops, offices, cinemas, public houses and clubs, industrial buildings such as transport garages and small factories, church work, both restorations and additions, and other varied projects such as work for the Highland Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve Association, British Railways. Chitty also undertook building and land valuations, arbitration and structural reports.

Chitty continued to be a member of the RIBA until the 1990s.

He died at his home in Damfield Road, Inverness on 16 September 1992, survived by his wife Christina Campbell Ferguson and their daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Torraine/39, Union Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1948  
Item 2 of 4c/o York House, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 462, Academy Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1958 *  
Item 4 of 4Caldene/9, Damfield Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1963 *After 1970 

* 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 3Ross & Cromarty County Council Architects' DepartmentJanuary 1949 Assistant Architect 
Item 2 of 3Northern Regional Hospital Board (later North Eastern Regional Hospital Board)February 1950 Assistant Architect 
Item 3 of 3Thomas Munro & Co1 November 1951 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Edward Alexander Meldrum21 July 1971For Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Ian Archibald Munro21 July 1971For Fellowship

Buildings and Designs

This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 121960sFactory for A I WeldersInverness Inverness-shireScotlandExtension
Item 2 of 121960sNess-side HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 3 of 121960sTransport Depot for MacBraynesFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 4 of 121966Inverness Railway StationInverness Inverness-shireScotlandPartner in charge - modernisation of passenger station
Item 5 of 12c. 1971Territorial Army Association CentreInverness Inverness-shireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 6 of 12Before 1975Hamiltons Auction MartInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 7 of 121979Cromarty Parish Church and hallCromarty Ross and CromartyScotlandRestoration
Item 8 of 12Before 1981Army Cadet Force Dormitory Unit Inverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 9 of 12Before 1981British Legion ClubInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 10 of 12Before 1981Highlands and Islands Development Board Advance Factory Units  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 11 of 12Before 1981Royal Insurance officesInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 12 of 121983Rosemarkie, Church and manseRosemarkie Ross and CromartyScotlandRepair and restoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 4Munro, Thomas & PartnersInformation from Thomas Munro & Partners August 2010
Item 3 of 4RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no7485 (Combined Box 192)