Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Alexander Briggs
Designation: Architect
Born: 1858
Died: 10 May 1916
Bio Notes: Robert Alexander Briggs was born in London and educated at Smallwood, Hampstead and Sherbourne. He was articled to Gilbert R Redgrave from 1876 until 1879. He attended Royal Academy Schools and Architectural Association classes. Briggs worked in the offices of G Moreing, Edward I'Anson, Lewis Henry Isaacs and Henry Louis Florence, Ernest Claude Ayton-Lee and J J O'Callaghan of Dublin from 1879 to 1883. He won the Soane Medallion in 1883 and spent some time travelling on the Continent during which time he met and befriended Andrew Noble Prentice. The following year he comenced independent practice. In 1910 he formed a partnership with Charles Gordon Killmister and Harry Le Cronier Browning (b.1881) in 1910, practising with them until 1913. He was elected Associate of nthe RIBA on 9 January 1882, his proposers being E Woodthorpe, E C Lee and H L Florence. Briggs was then elected Fellow on 18 January 1892, this time being proposed by H L Florence, F T Baggallay and R P Spiers.

Briggs was also the author of a number of publications on domestic architecture, the first of which earned him the nickname by his contemporaries: 'Bunglaow Briggs':
'Bungalows and Country Residences', 1891
'Homes for the Country' ', 1904
'Country Cottages and Homes', 1910
'Essentials of a Country House', 1911
'Pompeian Decorations', 1911

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 576, Wellington Buildings, Chelsea, London, EnglandBusiness1881 *  
Item 2 of 536, Wellington Buildings, Chelsea, London, EnglandBusiness1884 *  
Item 3 of 536, Chelsea Gardens, London, EnglandPrivate(?)1886 *  
Item 4 of 52, Devonshire Square, London EC, England?1888 *  
Item 5 of 5Amberley House/12, Norfolk Street, Strand, London WC, EnglandBusiness(?)Before 1897After 1914 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Cecil Scott Burgess1896Before 1903Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Colvin Tyler ArmstrongAfter 1901Before 1910Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Louis Florence9 January 1882for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Ernest Claude Lee (or Ernest Claude Ayton-Lee)9 January 1882for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Edmund Woodthorpe9 January 1882for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 21889Sheffield Municipal BuildingsSheffield YorkshireEnglandCompetition design - not successful
Item 2 of 21904Tilliehaslach, Lords ThroatTillyfourie AberdeenshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914  See directory for further references
Item 2 of 3Royal Academy exhibitors    1905-70
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder26 May 1916  p385 Obituary
Item 2 of 3Builder2 June 1916  p409
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal20 May 1916v23London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp246-247 Obituary (written by Andrew Noble Prentice)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v8 p3 F v11 p56; Fiche reference 30/A6, 111/F1