Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Buchanan Pentland Smith
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 February 1872
Died: Late 1919
Bio Notes: James Buchanan Pentland Smith was born on 25 February 1872 and articled to John Lumsdaine of Edinburgh c.1888 and was thereafter assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc from c.1893. In 1896 he emigrated as assistant to Cathcart William Methven of Durban, and was briefly his partner 1908-09, withdrawing to become a salaried assistant in the Pretoria Public Works Department from 1909. He was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911 his proposers being Methven, George Sydney Herbert Bradford of Cape Town and Ernest Marston Powers of Melbourne, Australia, formerly of Cape Town.

Smith died in late 1919.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Durban, South AfricaBusiness18961909 
Item 2 of 2Pretoria, South AfricaBusiness1909  

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 5John Lumsdainec. 1888 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Hippolyte Jean Blancc. 1893 Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Cathcart William Methven1896 Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Methven & Smiith19081909Partner 
Item 5 of 5Pretoria Public Works Department1909 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Sydney Herbert Bradford20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Cathcart William Methven20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Ernest Marston Powers20 March 1911for Licentiateship


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 1RIBA Journal22 November 1919 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp39 Obituary