Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Robert Sharp |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||14 July 1884 |
|Died: ||3 October 1950 |
|Bio Notes: ||Robert Sharp was born on 14 July 1884. He was articled to John Alexander Ogg Allan of Aberdeen in 1899, remaining with him as assistant after completing his apprenticeship and studying at Robert Gordon's College and Gray's School of Art. |
In 1906 he emigrated to Bombay, India, subsequently settling in Colombo as assistant to Charles Frederick Stevens, who also had an office in Bombay. Whilst there he worked on the reconstruction of the Grand Oriental Hotel, which was originally formed in the 1880s from military buildings of 1837, and which he gave as his address in 1911. Stevens and his soon-to-be-partner Thomas Sedgwick Gregson were Sharp's proposers when he was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July of that year. His nomination forms give his year of birth as 1881, presumably because the minimum age of thirty years required to qualify for Licentiateship would have caused his application to be rejected or delayed if he had stated his true birth date.
Sharp left Stevens and Gregson in 1915, presumably to be enlisted in the armed forces. He returned to London in 1919 to commence practice on his own account at 28 Victoria Street, Westminster, specialising in motor garage and industrial work. He was still practising from this address when he was elected FRIBA on 6 April 1936, his proposers this time being Sidney Charles Clark, Stephen Huntley Egan and Percie Ion Elton.
He died on 3 October 1950 at the age of 66, his practice at 13 Lower Belgrave Street continued by his son Alan G Sharp.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Aberdeen, Scotland||Private/business||Before 1899||1909|| |
|Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon, un||Private||1911 *|| ||when working on the Hotel with Stevens & Gregson|
|28, Victoria Street, London, England||Business||1919||After 1936|| |
|74, Dora Road, Wimbledon Park, London, England||Private||1936|| || |
|13, Lower Belgrave Street, London, England||Business||After 1936||1950|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Alan G Sharp||Before 1950||3 October 1950|| || |
Buildings and Designs
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||1 December 1949|| || ||p747|
|Builder||27 January 1950|| || ||p150|
|Builder||13 October 1950||v179|| ||p402 - obituary|
|RIBA Journal||March 1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||Obituary - p202|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v20 no1581; F no3338 (box 21)|