John James Joass

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John James Joass (1868 – 10 May 1952) was a Scottish architect, born in Dingwall, Scotland. His father William Cumming Joass was an established architect in that town.

The son was given basic training with his father, and then in 1885 articled with John Burnet & Son in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1890 he moved to the firm of Robert Rowand Anderson, and then in 1893 to London, England. After a number of positions he joined John Belcher's practice in 1896. He became a partner in 1905, and continued the practice after the death of Belcher in 1913.

In 1905, the partnership was working on the remodeling of a country house in Tapeley Park, in the village of Instow, Devon. This had started in 1898 and continued until 1916, so was presumably completed by Joass after his partner's death.[1]

The partnership undertook the Royal Insurance office in Piccadilly, London in 1907-09. Joass was also joint architect of Whiteleys department store, which opened in 1911, and the re-building of the Swan and Edgar department store, after 1920.

He retired to Poole, Dorset sometime after 1930. He was an avid sailor of small sailing craft.


  1. ^ Goold, David (2016). "John James Joass". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 

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