Basic Biographical Details

Name: Spain Cosh & Dods
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1913
Bio Notes: In 1895 Robin Smith Dods (also known as Robert) - who had been born in Dunedin, New Zealand and had trained with Hay & Henderson in Edinburgh and subsequently worked for Sir Aston Webb & E Ingress Bell and Dunn & Watson in London, and who was a close friend of Robert Stodart Lorimer - returned to his mother in Brisbane and formed a connection with Francis Richard Hall, whose father had been Dr Charles Marks's architect, to enter the competition for the nurses' home at Brisbane General Hospital. When their design won this competition in December of that year, Hall dissolved his partnership with Edward Myer Myers and took Dods as his partner in August 1896.

In 1900 Dods supervised the construction of the Edwards Dunlop Building in Brisbane for the Sydney architects Slayter & Cosh. Lacking commissions for major public buildings in Brisbane, Dods maintained a connection with this firm, which became Alfred Spain & Thomas F Cosh, designing the Daily Telegraph Building in Sydney for them in 1912. This induced him to become a partner in that firm, which took the practice name of Spain Cosh & Dods, when he moved to Sydney in 1913, Hall then merging his practice with that of the Sydney architects J F and B J Hennessy as Hennessy & Hennessy & F R Hall.

During the First World War Dods's health failed and a return to Scotland as Lorimer's partner was discussed in letters written in 1916, when their practices were both in severe recession, but this was not implemented and Dods died on 23 July 1920 in Sydney.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Sydney, AustraliaBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Cosh1913 Partner 
Item 2 of 3Alfred Spain1913 Partner 
Item 3 of 3Robin Smith Dods (or Robert Smith Dods)19131920Partner 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.