Basic Biographical Details

Name: David James Moir
Designation: Architect
Born: 1885
Died: 1957
Bio Notes: David John Moir was born in 1885, the son of a builder, and articled to Maclaren & Mackay of Perth from 1903 to 1907. Thereafter he moved to Glasgow as assistant to J W Laird & J Laird, which enabled him to study at the Glasgow School of Architecture under Professors Bourdon, Gourlay and McGibbon. In 1911 Moir left the Laird office to emigrate to Toronto where he passed the qualifying exam, which was supervised by Percy Erskine Nobbs. Nobbs was sufficiently impressed by him to offer him a job in the Nobbs & Hyde office in Montreal which he took up in 1912. He was admitted ARIBA on 2 December of that year, his proposers being Nobbs, Philip John Turner of Montreal and Francis Spence Baker of Toronto, probably the architect for whom he had worked when he moved there.

Moir occasionally taught at McGill School of Architecture but never sought full-time teaching, preferring to practise with Nobbs. He died in 1957.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Toronto, CanadaPrivate19111912 
Item 2 of 2192, Manse Street, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1912 *  

* 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 3Maclaren & Mackay19031907Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3J W Laird & J Laird19071911Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Nobbs & Hyde1912 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Francis Spence Baker2 December 1912for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Percy Erskine Nobbs2 December 1912for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Philip John Turner2 December 1912for Associateship


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Journal of the Royal Architectural Inst of CanadaJuly 1957v34 no7 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Holly Kinnear
Item 2 of 3Province of Quebec Association of ArchitectsProvince of Quebec Association of Architects Files Application form, member no 164, June 1938
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v20 no2338 (microfilm reel 21)