Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Alexander Mitchell Hunter
Designation: Architect
Born: July 1882
Died: 1937
Bio Notes: James Alexander Mitchell Hunter was born in July 1882 and was articled to Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon of Aberdeen from 1898 to 1904, attending classes at Robert Gordon's College and Gray's School of Art. He was awarded the Grissell Medal in 1904 or 1905 and on leaving Mackinnon's he moved to London where he joined William Wallace as an assistant. The following year he moved to the office of Harry Smith Fairhurst of Blackburn and Manchester. In 1908 Fairhurst gave Hunter a share of the business, and a formal partnership soon ensued.

Hunter was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Fairhurst and Alfred Edward Corbett. His nomination papers suggest a modest character, stating, 'I would not like to say I am responsible for any particular building or part of a building but my work with Mr Fairhurst is of a responsible nature'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 221, Spring Gardens, Manchester, EnglandBusiness1912 *  
Item 2 of 2The Cottage, Whaley Bridge, Cheshire, EnglandPrivateBefore 1912After 1914 

* 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 4Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon18981904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4William Wallace1904 Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Harry Smith Fairhurst1905c. 1908Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Harry Smith Fairhurstc. 1908 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Alfred Edward Corbett24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Harry Smith Fairhurst24 June 1912for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 1c. 1905Winter Garden    Design published


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder16 July 1937v153 p100 - 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 L v24 no1981