Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Symmers Neish
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 August 1911
Died: Before 1986
Bio Notes: James Symmers Neish was born on 5 August 1911 and appears to have commenced his architectural training relatively late, at the age of twenty-one: he attended afternoon and evening classes at Dundee School of Architecture from September 1930 to August 1932, while assisting in the office of Maclaren Soutar Salmond. Thereafter he moved to London where he studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture from September 1932 until May 1937, obtaining his honours diploma on 13 July of the latter year. He was admitted ARIBA on 10 January 1938, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, William Salmond, and Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd, who had died since signing his nomination papers.

Neish died sometime before 22 July 1986, having latterly lived at 3 Highpoint, Heath Road, Weybridge, Surrey.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 241, Tavistock Square, London, EnglandPrivate1937 *  
Item 2 of 23 Highpoint, Heath Road, Weybridge, Surrey, EnglandPrivatec. 1986 *  

* 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 2Maclaren Soutar SalmondSeptember 1930August 1932Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Anderson, Forster, Warren & Wilcox1937 * Assistant 

* 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 3William Salmond10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar10 January 1938for Associateship


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 no6627 (combined box 150)