Basic Biographical Details

Name: Jessie Elizabeth Kennedy (Mrs Bassett)
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 January 1910
Died: 10 October 2001
Bio Notes: Jessie Elizabeth Kennedy was born in Aberdeen on 4 January 1910, the daughter of Thomas Robert Kennedy, master draper, and his wife Sophia Hutchison. She studied at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, Aberdeen from September 1926. During the course of her studies she was apprenticed to T Scott Sutherland from 1928 to 1931. She obtained her diploma in 1931 and an endorsement in 1932, and passed the Professional Practice exam in 1933. In September the following year she secured an appointment as assistant in the LCC Architects' Department in London. She was admitted ARIBA on 11 March 1935, her proposers being Sutherland, R Leslie Rollo and John Gibb Marr. Her nomination papers do not state a business address but it is likely that she was still with the LCC at this time.

In 1940 Jessie married Samuel John Francisco Ferrer Bassett, then a lance sergeant with the Royal Engineers, who was stationed at St Mary's Barracks, Chatham. She practised after her marriage and was still a member of the RIBA in 1946 and was living in London. Her entries ceased thereafter. However her husband who qualified LRIBA in 1945 continued to practice. They were still living at the same address in 1950 but had moved to Leicester by 1960. He had ceased to practice by 1979.

Jessie returned to Scotland at some point - perhaps after the death of her husband. She died aged 91 at Abbeyside Nursing Home, Abbeyside, Institution Road, Elgin, on 10 October 2001. Her married daughter who lived in Elgin registered her death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 460, Queens Road, Finsbury Park, London, EnglandPrivate1935 *  
Item 2 of 419, Belgrave Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivatec. 1940 Parental home?
Item 3 of 461, Bassett Road, London, EnglandPrivate1946 *  
Item 4 of 4Chipperfield, Rosemead Drive, Oadby, Leicester, EnglandPrivate1960 *After 1970 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2T Scott Sutherland19281931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)September 1934 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gibb Marr11 March 1935for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo11 March 1935for Associateship
Item 3 of 3T Scott Sutherland11 March 1935for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3GROSRecords of Marriages  
Item 2 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5676 (combined box 94)