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Male, born 1913-12-26, died 1997-09-24

Associated with the firms network

Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers; Johnson, Knisely, Chapin and Ridley, Architects; Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ); Pehrson, G.A., Architect; Ridley, John T., Architect; Thiry, Paul, AIA, Architect; Turnbull, J. Gordon, Incorporated, Consulting Engineers; Whitehouse and Price, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, Middlesex County Council, London, England, 1937-1939.

Designer (Preliminaries), Nils Olsson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1939-1940.

Ridley also worked for an architectural firm in New York, c. 1940.

Draftsman, J. Gordon Turnbull, Incorporated, Consulting Engineers, Cleveland, OH, 1941-1942. John Gordon Turnbull (1891-1953) was an engineer born in San Francisco, CA, who had a long career working on large-scale civil engineering projects.

Draftsman, Whitehouse and Price, Architects, Spokane, WA, 1942-1943.

Designer, G.A. Pehrson, Architect, Spokane, WA, 1943-1944.

Chief Designer, Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson (NBBJ), Seattle, WA, 1943-1945.

Design and Production Coordinator, Paul Thiry, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1946-1947.

Principal, Ridley, John Thompson, Architect, Seattle, WA, worked alone between 1945-1955.

Partner, Olsen, Ridley, Olsen, Architects, Seattle, WA, (date unclear, between 1945-1955).

Partner, Johnson, Knisely, Chapin and Ridley, Architects, Seattle, WA, c. 1951.

Partner, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1955-(after 1962).

Professional Activities

Ridley joined the Washington State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1949.

Chairman, Public Relations Sub-Committee of the Radio and Television Committee, Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 1955.

Ridley was a Registered Architect in WA in 1956.

Member, Kitsap County Planning Commission, 1941-1951.

Professional Awards

Awarded Third Prize in competition for the Owens, IL, newspaper plant; Ridley's Panchot House was given an Honor Award by Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1953.


High School/College

Graduate, Ridley College Preparatory School, St. Catharines, ON, c. 1931.

B.Arch., University of Toronto, Toronto, CA, 1931-1937.

College Awards

Ridley attended the University of Toronto on an Ontario Association of Architects Scholarship, awarded in 1935; he was also awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Silver Medal in Design, 1937.



John T. Ridley was born in a rectory at Galt, ON, Canada. (See Source Citation Archives of Ontario; Series: MS929; Reel: 244. Source Information Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010, accessed 07/18/2018.)

Ridley attended Ridley College, an Anglican-founded, university-preparatory high school in St. Catharines, ON.

He married in England at the age of 26. He and his wife, Jocelyn, lived at 145 West 61st Street in New York, NY, in 03/1940. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, New York, 1902-1954; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 - 2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: M1480; Roll Number: 121, accessed 07/18/2018.)

According to his wife Jocelyn's naturalization paperwork, Ridley entered the US to reside in the country permanently on 03/21/1940, at Buffalo, NY. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Seattle; Seattle, Washington; ARC Title: Petitions for Naturalization, 1890 - 1991; NAI Number: 592779; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009; Record Group Number: 21, accessed 07/18/2018.) It appears that he and his family lived in New York, NY, c. 1940, where his son was born.

In 1947, he and his wife Jocelyn and their son, Michael, resided on Route 1 in Port Blakely, WA.

His last residence was at Sea Ranch, near Gualala, CA. He passed awayat age 83 in Humboldt County, CA.


John Ridley, an Anglican clergyman, married his mother, Edith, on 11/12/1912 in Ingersoll, ON.

Edith lived at 145 Thames Street in Ingersoll, ON, c. 1940.


He wed Jocelyn Louise Ridley (born 11/28/1915 in Toronto, ON) in Woodmansterne, Surrey, England on 07/08/1939. She became a naturalized US citizen on 05/13/1947 in Seattle, WA.

Ridley married Jo Ann D. Morse on 07/13/1984 in Kitsap County, WA. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Reference Number: psktsmc62337, accessed 07/18/2018.)


He and Jocelyn had a son, Michael Guy Ridley, (born 04/19/1940 in New York, NY).

Biographical Notes

At age 26, Ridley stood about 6 feet tall, weighed about 150 pounds and had brown hair, gray eyes and a fair complexion.

SSN: 093164096.

Associated Locations

  • Galt, ON Canada (Architect's Birth)
    Galt, ON Canada

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