Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Richard Fleming
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 January 1865
Died: 5 April 1936
Bio Notes: James Richard Fleming was born on 10 January 1865. He was articled to James Salmon & Son in Glasgow from 1880 to 1884, remaining with them as a draughtsman for a year after completing his apprenticeship and studying a the Glasgow School of Art and Technical College. From 1885 to 1888 he worked on the Glasgow Paisley and Kilmarnock Railway under the supervision of Robert Douglas Sandilands of Thomas & Sandilands, who had taked a salaried post while that newly founded partnership found its test in the recession. In early 1889 he moved to Belfast where he spent just under three years as assistant to Robert Graeme Watt. His movements over the following few years are unclear but he subsequently moved to London, where he joined the architectural staff of HM Commissioners of Prisons, Whitehall, in 1895. Whilst still there he passed the qualifying exam in June 1897 and was admitted ARIBA on 29 November of that year, his proposers being William Forrest Salmon, John Slater and Benjamin Ingelow. He retired in 1928 and died on 5 April 1936.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 165, Denbigh Street, Warwick Square, London SW, EnglandPrivate1897 *  

* 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 6James Salmon & Son18801884Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6James Salmon & Son18841885Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 6Robert Douglas SandilandsEarly 18851886(?)AssistantIn Glasgow Paisley & Kilmarnock Railway offices
Item 4 of 6Glasgow and South Western RailwayEarly 1885Late 1888AssistantWorking under Robert Douglas Sandilands
Item 5 of 6Robert Graeme WattEarly 1889Late 1891Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Home Office, Prisons Department1895(?)After 1897Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Benjamin Ingelow29 November 1897for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Forrest Salmon29 November 1897for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Slater29 November 1897for Associateship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal7 November 1936v44London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp43 - obituary

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 v14 p10 (microfiche 65/B4)