|Name: ||James Forbes Smith |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1876 |
|Died: ||25 December 1957 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Forbes Smith was born in 1876, the son of James Smith, plumber, and his wife Mary Ann Forbes. He was articled to George Beattie & Son in 1891. He obtained a place in Rowand Anderson's office at the end of his articles and spent three years with him, concurrently taking classes at Anderson's Edinburgh School of Applied Art under Professor Frank Worthington Simon, Stewart Henbest Capper and John Watson. In or around 1897 he joined the office of Peddie & Washington Browne as an assistant, and whilst there he distinguished himself by winning the Pugin Silver Medal in 1900, enabling him to travel. |
The Peddie & Washington Browne partnership was dissolved in 1907 and after some two years as sole partner, Peddie took Forbes Smith into partnership in 1909. Although Peddie never sought admission to the RIBA - he was a member of the Society of Architects - Smith applied for Licentiateship in January 1911, his proposers being John Watson, Ramsay Traquair and Alexander Hunter Crawford. He was admitted in March of that year, his home address then being 3 Hope Park Terrace. By that date he had travelled in France, Belgium, Holland and Italy.
The partnership of Peddie & Forbes Smith was dissolved in 1917. The reasons have not been recorded but at that date the practice had little or no business and high overheads retaining the office at Albyn Place. Smith continued in practice on his own account for a few years, apparently unsuccessfully. He died aged 82 of a cerebral thrombosis at 22 Queens Crescent Edinburgh, on Christmas Day 1957. His death was reported by his niece. He had never married.
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|8, Albyn Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||c. 1897||1917||With Dick Peddie from 1909|
|3, Hope Park Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||c. 1911||c. 1912|| |
|33, Manor Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||c. 1917||c. 1919|| |
|7, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private/business||c. 1926 *||1957(?)||Living at this address within Reginald Fairlie's house from about 1936 to 1939 but not described as architect. Continued at this address until his death.|