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MOFFAT, John Arthur Carter

Born: fl. 1915
Died: 1938


Was the son of John Abraham MOFFAT and nephew of WG MOFFAT but it is not yet known where he was born. In January 1915 he joined his father's office in Johannesburg and attended classes in architecture at the School of Mines and Technology. From 1916 he was employed as a junior draughtsman in the office of his uncle WG MOFFAT in Durban. He enlisted in the British Army during the First World War in June 1917 and served until September 1919, passing thee special war examination and spending three months in 1922 at the Cape School of Architecture. References to him around 1923 say 'of Durban'. He became a member of the Association of Transvaal Architects in 1924 and in 1925 he entered into partnership with his father (cf MOFFAT, SON & KELL) and opened a branch office in Durban; the partnership continued until 1927. It seems that JAC Moffat left South Africa about this date and by 1930/31 was listed as an absentee member of the Institute of the South African Architects with an address in Nairobi, Kenya. He resigned from the Institute in 1932, and by 1938 was listed as practising in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), where he appears to have remained.

ARIBA 1923; MSA; ISAA 1927. (ARIBA nom papers (1923) 3723; Braby's Natal dir 1925-27; Building Mar 1924:25; ISAA mem list; ISAA Ybk 1930/31; SAAR Apr 1941:157-59 obit JA Moffat; SAB Mar 1923:36; SAB Apr 1924:25)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing MOFFAT

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880-1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp M20