Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Henry Randell
Born: 1924 or 1925
Died: Early 2010
Bio Notes: James Henry Randell was born in 1924 or 1925. His family moved from London to Edinburgh in 1930 when he was five years old. He served in the Indian Army during the Second World War and subsequently studied at Edinburgh College of Art, being elected a student member of the RIBA in 1951. He was living in Portobello around this time, and had married Sheila Fairgrieve in 1950.

He was admitted ARIBA in 1954, and in the same year obtained his first job as an assistant in an architectural practice. Two years later aftr joinin g the RIAS, he moved to London to work for Tripe & Wakeham, for which firm he ran an office in Aden, South Yemen from 1960 to 1963. Thereafter he was appointed senior architect for W S Atkins & Partners, latterly running their office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He returned to the UK and joined Costain Construction as senior architect. On being made redundant from this post, he initially set up his own practice before joining Damond Lock Grabowski in London on a part-time basis. He retired in early 2006.

Randall and his wife were members of the National Liberal Club and of the Anglo-Ethiopian Society, for which he served as Secretary, Chairman and President.

Randall died in early 2010, survived by his son David (born 1956), who described him as 'a true gentleman of the old school'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 8London, EnglandPrivateBefore 19301930early childhood
Item 2 of 812, Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1953After 1956 
Item 3 of 8Aden, South YemenBusiness19601963running office for Tripe & Wakeham
Item 4 of 8Lippitts Hill Lodge, Loughton, Essex, EnglandPrivatec. 1960  
Item 5 of 8Addis Ababa, EthiopiaBusinessAfter 1963Before 2006running office for W S Atkins & Partners
Item 6 of 8Westminster Bank, Portland Square, London, EnglandBusiness1965 *  
Item 7 of 87, Lambs Crescent, Horsham, Sussex, EnglandPrivate1970 *After 1994 
Item 8 of 8Costain Construction/Spur House, Morden Road, London, EnglandBusiness1979  

* 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 3Tripe & Wakeham19561963 included time in running the firm's office in Aden, South Yemen
Item 2 of 3W S Atkins & Partners1963Before 1979Senior Architectincluded time in running the firm's office in Addis Ababa
Item 3 of 3Richard Costain (Construction) LtdBefore 1979Before 2006Senior Architect 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 9RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 2 of 9RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 9RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 4 of 9RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 5 of 9RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 9RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 7 of 9RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 8 of 9RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   
Item 9 of 9RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2010SummerRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.110: obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership