Basic Biographical Details

Name: Richard Fraser
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 April 1918
Died: October 1995
Bio Notes: Richard Fraser was born on 14 April 1918 and studied full-time on the diploma course at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from 1935 to 1938. In the latter year he joined Frank Charles Mears as assistant. He undertook war service from 1940 to 1946, and from 1947 to 1949 was Rome Scholar, travelling in Italy, Greece and North Africa, and in the meantime being admitted ARIBA in 1948. At the end of the scholarship he was appointed assistant to Louis de Soissons & Partners, and he was taken into partnership in 1953, practising from the firm's Plymouth office.

He was elected FRIBA on 12 December 1961, proposed by De Soissons, J M Hodges and Kenneth D____ (thought to be Kenneth Darling). By that time the practice title was Louis de Soissons, Peacock, Hodges, Robertson & Fraser. His nomination papers state that he had designed schools, churches, houses, banks and colleges, all in Devon.

He died in York in October 1995.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 37, Hillview Terrace, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1950 * Perhaps the address of his parents?
Item 2 of 3Plymouth, Devon, EnglandBusinessBefore 1953After 1961 
Item 3 of 312, Baring Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EnglandPrivate/business1961 *  

* 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 4(Sir) Frank Charles Mears19381939Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Louis de Soissons & Partners19491952Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Louis de Soissons & Partners1953Before 1961Partner 
Item 4 of 4Louis de Soissons, Pencock, Hodges, Robertson & Fraser1961 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Kenneth Darling12 December 1961for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Louis de Soissons12 December 1961for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3J M Hodges12 December 1961for Fellowship

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 11947Centre for the Commonwealth and Empire on the Thames  LondonEnglandHis entry to the Faculty of Architecture of the British School at Rome won, winning him the Rome Scholarship in Architecture, 1947.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder1 August 1947  p118-20

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no9475; F no5539 (combined box 86)