Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Arthur Smith
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 July 1875
Died: 11 November 1940
Bio Notes: Joseph Arthur Smith was born on 13 July 1875 and educated at Old Meldrum School. In 1890 he was articled to James Duncan of Turriff. He remained as an assistant until 1897 when he moved to Inverness to join Ross & MacBeth as senior assistant, remaining for two years until he obtained a salaried appointment with as Architect and Surveyor to the Highland Railway Company. He was retained by the London Midland and Scottish Railway after the grouping of 1923 and was responsible for its work in the Highland district north of Perth. He was a town councillor Dean of Guild and Bailie in Inverness, 1920-35.

Smith was admitted LRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being John Wittet, Donald Matheson and William John Taylor, and was elected FRIBA by the RIBA Council in March 1933. By 1939 he had retired. He died on 11 November 1940.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3District Engineer's Office, LMS Railway, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1930 *  
Item 2 of 3Claremont, Kenneth Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1930After 1933 
Item 3 of 3Glentruim, Harrowden Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1939 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5James Duncan18901894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5George Duncan & Son18941897Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Ross & Macbeth18971899Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Highland Railway Architects Department18991923ArchitectArchitect and Surveyor
Item 5 of 5London Midland and Scottish Railway Company1923After 1930ArchitectIn Inverness office, as Architect and Surveyor for the Highland District (north of Perth)

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Donald MathesonEarly 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4RIBA Council13 March 1933for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4William John TaylorEarly 1930for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4John WittetEarly 1930for 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 13 BungalowsDornoch SutherlandScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 2 of 13 BungalowsInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 3 of 13 Staff accommodation and refreshment roomKingussie Inverness-shireScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 4 of 13 Station buildingMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 5 of 13 Station buildingDalwhinnie Inverness-shireScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 6 of 13 Station buildings on the Dornoch branch  Caithness?ScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 7 of 13After 1897General Stores buildingsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 13After 1897Inverness District AsylumInverness Inverness-shireScotlandExtensions - possibly as assistant to Ross & Macbeth (if so, between 1897 and 1899)
Item 9 of 13After 1899Workmen's housesBoat of Garten Inverness-shireScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 10 of 13After 1899Workmen's housesAviemore Inverness-shireScotlandAs architect and surveyor either to the Highland Railway (1899-1923) or to the London, Midland & Scottish Railway (1923-33)
Item 11 of 13After 1902Station HotelDornoch SutherlandScotlandMotor garages
Item 12 of 13After 1919(?)Highland HotelStrathpeffer Ross and CromartyScotlandRestoration after occupation of military authorities
Item 13 of 13After 1919(?)Station HotelDornoch SutherlandScotlandRestoration after occupation of military authorities

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 no3778 (box 16); F no3102 (box 17)