Basic Biographical Details

Name: Forbes & Tate
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1905
Bio Notes: James Edwin Forbes was born in August 1876 and articled to George Washington Browne, then of Peddie & Washington Browne, from 1892 to 1896, moving thereafter to Robert Rowand Anderson's office as assistant. During that period he studied at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art and won its travelling scholarship in 1897, spending his time in France. In 1899 he went to London as assistant to Edward William Mountford where he remained until 1901 when he won the Grissell Medal and commenced practice in Birmingham with an untraced architect named Charles. In 1905 he moved to London to form a successful partnership with John Duncan Tate who had been his assistant in Birmingham in 1901-02. They had a significant domestic practice, being responsible for numerous houses in the Home Counties, and in 1907 Forbes designed a house for himself, 'The Sheiling' at Chalfont St Giles.

Somewhat surprisingly given his academic record, Forbes did not take the qualifying exam and was admitted LRIBA on 4 July 1910, his proposers being James MacLaren Ross, Herbert Launcelot Fedden and Edward Gabriel of Edmeston and Gabriel, to whom Tate had been articled. He was admitted FRIBA in early 1916, his proposers being Alfred Cox, Herbert Winkler Wills and Howard Chatfeild Clarke.

Forbes died in 1955.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 138, Great James Street, Bedford Row, London WC, EnglandBusiness1905  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1James Edwin Forbes1905 Partner 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.