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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward Robert Robson
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 March 1835
Died: 19 January 1917
Bio Notes: Edward Robert Robson was born in Durham on 2 March 1835 and from 1851-53 worked in the building firm of his father. During this time he excuted his first desigm for the Bethel Methodist Connection Chapel in Durham. Subsequently he was articled to John Dobson from 1853 to 1856. He then moved to London as an improver in the office of Gilbert Scott where he became acquainted with John James Stevenson, 1857-1860. While still in Scott's office he commenced independent practice c.1858 as architect to the Dean and Chapter of Durham. From that year he was in partnership with John Wilson Walton (later William Walton-Wilson) and was admitted ARIBA on 6 February of that year, his proposers being Scott, Dobson and Sydney Smirke, and Fellow 18 January 1864. He was appointed architect to the Corporation of Liverpool in the same year (1864) but left in 1871 as he was not allowed to practise privately at the same time as working for them. He then became architect in the LCC London and published the highly influential 'School Architecture' in 1876. In the same year (1871) he formed a partnership with Stevenson, but this was dissolved in 1876. In 1884 he also became architect to the Education Department, later the Board of Education and to the Scottish Education Department. Although these roles were advisory, Robson thus had a considerable influence on Scottish school design, notably in Edinburgh where the 'Queen Anne' character of many of the schools reflects Robson's work in London, albeit built in stone rather than brick. These appointments came to an end in 1904 when Robson was sixty nine, but he continued to practise from 1910 in partnership with J J Gott. Although Robson's son, Philip Appleby Robson, (1871-1951) may have assisted his father in the 1890s he started his practice independently in 1898. He took over his father's practice on his father's death at Blackheath on 19 January 1917. This he continued until he retired in 1939.

Robson senior died Publications: 'School Architecture' 1874 (Reprinted 1972 with introduction by M Seaborne)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Liverpool, EnglandBusiness18641871 
Item 2 of 2London, EnglandPrivate/businessAfter 1871  

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 1Stevenson & Robson1871 Partner 

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 2Arthur Keen18841884 or 1885Assistant 
Item 2 of 2William Edward Careless (or Carless)1906c. 1907Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6George Ashdown Audsley12 June 1876for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6William James Audsley12 June 1876for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6William Edward Careless (or Carless)22 April 1912for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6James Graham Fairley19 February 1877for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Francis Robert Newton Haswell6 January 1873for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6John Watt8 June 1885for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Grove Dictionary of Art Grove Dictionary of Art   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal24 February 1917 London: Royal Institute of British Architectspp92-96

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Graham PottsInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent March 2013.


© All rights reserved. Building News 3 September 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 3 September 1890