Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur James Driver
Designation: Architect
Born: 1871
Bio Notes: Arthur James Driver was born in 1871 and served his articles in the office of John Sim of Montrose from 1889 to 1893. He then moved to Edinburgh where he joined Thomas Purves Marwick as assistant and attended classes at the School of Applied Art. Whilst in Marwick's office he made several summer study tours, making measured drawings of medieval buildings in Oxford in 1897 and 1899, in Ely in 1898 and in Cambridge in 1899.

In 1900 he moved to London to work for William Alfred Pite. A year later he secured a position as second assistant to Arthur Conran Blomfield, Architect to the Bank of England. He was promoted to chief assistant in 1905 and was admitted LRIBA on 30 January 1911, his proposers being Blomfield, James Glen Sivewright Gibson and Pite. Blomfield then took him into partnership.

Driver was elected FRIBA in late 1919 or early 1920, with the same proposers.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 17, Trafalgar Square, Chelsea, London, EnglandPrivateBefore 1911After 1919 

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 6John Sim18891893Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Thomas Purves Marwick18931899Assistant 
Item 3 of 6William Alfred Pite19001901Assistant 
Item 4 of 6(Sir) Arthur Blomfield & Sons19011905Second Assistant 
Item 5 of 6(Sir) Arthur Blomfield & Sons19051910Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6(Sir) Arthur Blomfield & SonsEarly 1911After 1919Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Arthur Conran Blomfield30 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6Arthur Conran BlomfieldLate 1919 or early 1920for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6James Glen Sivewright Gibson30 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6James Glen Sivewright GibsonLate 1919 or early 1920for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6William Alfred Pite30 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6William Alfred PiteLate 1919 or early 1920for Fellowship


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 v9 no480 (microfilm reel 32); F no1688 (microfilm reel 14)