Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Ferguson Kennedy
Born: 24 April 1916
Bio Notes: Robert Ferguson Kennedy was born on 24 April 1916. In September 1933 he started attending day classes for the diploma course at Glasgow School of Art while at the same time working for George Arthur & Son in Airdrie. In 1939 he was promoted to chief assistant in the same practice. He sat the fianl exam in June 1939 and was awarded the Bourdon Travelling Scholarship but the war intervened and he was unable to take advantage of the award.

He was elected ARIBA on 12 December 1939, poposed by Thomas Harold Hughes, John Maurice Arthur and Professor William James Smith.

By 1953 Kennedy had emigrated to Port Elizabeth South Africa where he stayed for the rest of his career.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Llynallan, Harthill, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 2 of 4Seei Building, Military Road, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaBusiness1953 *  
Item 3 of 4NBS Building/18-20, Main Street, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaBusiness1960 *After 1970 
Item 4 of 4612 NBS Building/30, Main Street, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaBusinessAfter 1994  

* 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 1George Arthur & SonSeptember 1933After 1939Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Maurice Arthur12 December 1939For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes12 December 1939For Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith12 December 1939For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

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 A no7334 (Combined Box 185)