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:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|3, Vaughan Road, Wallasey, Cheshire, England||Private||1914 *|| || |
|175, Jungjao Road, Shanghai, China||Private||1915|| || |
|100, Jinkee Road, Shanghai, China||Business||1930|| || |
|Ley Road, St James, Capetown, South Africa||Private||1940|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
|This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|John Mackie Venters||1931||for Fellowship|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1931||The RIBA Kalendar 1931-1932|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Information from Bright Fraser's son and granddaughter, Donald and Caryn Fraser||Information via website from Fraser's descendants|| ||Sent April 2008|