Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Ian Stewart
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 October 1903
Died: 1947
Bio Notes: Robert Ian Stewart was born on 23 October 1903; whether he was born in Scotland or merely had some Scottish connections is unclear, as he was in South Africa from at least 1921. In April that year he commenced his apprenticeship in the office of W H Grant of Cape Town, studying at the Cape School of Art from its foundation in October 1921 and later at the University of Cape Town on the incorporation of the School into that institution. On completion of his training in 1926 he went to Scotland where he spent a year in the office of Dick Peddie & Walker Todd of Edinburgh, and took the opportunity to travel in mainland Europe, including to Rome and Florence, as well as to South America and Australia. He returned to W H Grant's office in 1927 and passed the RIBA Special Exam at the University of Witwatersrand in November 1934. He was admitted ARIBA on 6 December 1937, his proposers being Herbert John Brownlee, Francis Kaye Kendall and James Morris, all of Cape Town. At that time he was working in the Commercial Union Buildings, St George's Street, Cape Town (possibly in Brownlee's office), and was living at 'Heydon', Ave Protea Fresnaye, Sea Point. He was also a member of the Institute of South African Architects.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Heydon, Ave Protea Fresnaye, Sea Point, Cape Town, South AfricaPrivate1937 *  
Item 2 of 2Commercial Union Buildings, St George's Street, Cape Town, South AfricaBusiness1937 *  

* 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 3William Hood GrantApril 19211926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd19261927Assistant 
Item 3 of 3William Hood Grant1927Before 1937Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Herbert John Brownlee6 December 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Franklin Kaye Kendall6 December 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Morris6 December 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsAccessed July 2010

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6607 (combined box 149)