Basic Biographical Details

Name: Bright Fraser
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 July 1894
Died: 3 June 1974
Bio Notes: Bright Fraser was born on 25 July 1894. He was articled to Prescott & Davies in Liverpool and remained with them for five years. He then transferred as assistant to Philip Lockwood, working in his Chester office and later moving to the office of Bradshaw, Gass & Hope in Bolton.

He enlisted in 1915 and served with the Artist Rifles, 28th London Regiment but was interned in 1917 in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. After the war he joined the Imperial War Graves Commission in Vicenza in Italy.

In 1920 he studied at the Royal Academy Schools and the following year took a place as assistant to Archibald Lucas in Exeter. In that same year he won the Victory Scholarship Architectural Competition and was awarded the Gold Medal. In 1922 he was admitted ARIBA, having transferred to the office of Thomas Mawson & Sons. From September of that year he was on the staff of Lord Leverhulme but in 1923 he emigrated to Shanghai to join the practice of Atkinson & Dallas.

From 1926 Bright was chief architect of the Shanghai Land Investment Co Ltd in Shanghai. He was admitted FRIBA in 1930. He remained in Shanghai with his wife and family until the Japanese-Chinese conflict of 1937 when he moved to South Africa. There he worked briefly in Johannesburg in the architectural department of the New Consolidated Gold Fields and then took as post as executant architect for Louis Blanc, supervising the construction of the new Stuttafords Department store. In 1941 he became estate manager for the University of Cape Town.

Bright Fraser died on 3 June 1974.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 43, Vaughan Road, Wallasey, Cheshire, EnglandPrivate1914 *  
Item 2 of 4175, Jungjao Road, Shanghai, ChinaPrivate1915  
Item 3 of 4100, Jinkee Road, Shanghai, ChinaBusiness1930  
Item 4 of 4Ley Road, St James, Capetown, South AfricaPrivate1940  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Mackie Venters1931for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1931The RIBA Kalendar 1931-1932 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 1Information from Bright Fraser's son and granddaughter, Donald and Caryn FraserInformation via website from Fraser's descendants Sent April 2008