Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis Runcie Chalmers
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 February 1876
Bio Notes: Francis Runcie Chalmers was born on 24 February 1876 and articled to William Cumming Joass in Dingwall in 1895, remaining as assistant for three years after completing his apprenticeship and preparing working drawings of houses, shops, hotels, distilleries, farm buildings and other work. Whilst there he attended evening classes in Inverness. In 1903 he moved to London where he served as assistant first to John Belcher, providing detail drawings for a house in Oxford, and then to James Glen Sivewright Gibson, with whom he worked on competition designs for Chelsea Baths and Hull Library and on the detailing of Walsall Town Hall. His move also enabled him to study at the LCC School of Arts & Crafts and London Polytechnic. In 1904 he joined the LCC Architects Department, where he worked under William Edward Riley, principally on power stations, his role later involving the preparation of reports on planning applications.

He was still with the LCC when he was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being John James Joass, John Belcher and James Glen Sivewright Gibson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 12 Shalston Villas, Ewell Road, Surbiton Hill, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1912 *  

* 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 6William Cumming Joass18951900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6William Cumming Joass19001903Assistant 
Item 3 of 6John Belcher19031903 or 1904Assistant 
Item 4 of 6James Glen Sivewright Gibson1903 or 19041904Assistant 
Item 5 of 6London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1904After 1912AssistantUnder the supervision of William Edward Riley
Item 6 of 6William Edward Riley1904After 1912Senior AssistantIn LCC Architects' Department


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Belcher24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Glen Sivewright Gibson24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John James Joass24 June 1912for Licentiateship


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 v23 no1878