Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis Roland Foster
Designation: Architect
Born: 1875
Bio Notes: Francis Roland Foster was born in 1875 and was articled to Stewart Henbest Capper in Edinburgh in July 1893, studying under Capper and Frank Worthington Simon at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art. In 1897 he moved to Sheffield as assistant to Charles Hadfield, and in 1898 to London where he passed the intermediate exam and in that year and was assistant in the offices of Charles Henry Worley, Alfred Tiltman, Frank Loughborough Pearson, Roland Plumbe and Frederick Moore Simpson. During his time in London he carried out some minor works on his own account, chiefly around Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. In 1908 he emigrated to Canada to work for Howard Colton Stone. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Stewart Henbest Capper (then in Montreal), Percy Erskine Nobbs and Kenneth Guscotte Rea, but he passed the qualifying exam in the following year and was admitted ARIBA on 9 June 1913, his proposers being Nobbs, Philip John Turner and Francis Spence Baker.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 12081, Hutchison Street, Montreal, CanadaPrivateBefore 1911After 1913 

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 7Stewart Henbest CapperJuly 18931896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Charles Hadfield18971898Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Charles Henry Worley1898(?)Before 1908Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Frank Loughborough PearsonAfter 1898Before 1908Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Rowland PlumbeAfter 1898Before 1908Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Alfred Hessel TiltmanAfter 1898Before 1908Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Howard Colton Stone1908After 1913Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Francis Spence Baker9 June 1913for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Stewart Henbest Capper20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6Percy Erskine Nobbs20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6Percy Erskine Nobbs9 June 1913for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Kenneth Guscotte Rea20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6Philip John Turner9 June 1913for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

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 L v17 no1267; A v21 no2408 (microfilm reel 21)