Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Victor Lobban
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 June 1892
Died: 1970
Bio Notes: Arthur Victor Lobban was born on 20 June 1892 and was articled to James Kennedy Hunter of Ayr in 1910, studying at Ayr Academy Continuation School. He joined the armed forces at the outbreak of the First World War, serving in Egypt and Palestine, but briefly returned to Hunter's office on his demobilisation in 1919, leaving after eight weeks to attend classes in civil engineering at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow.

His subsequent career was spent in various county council offices. In 1921 he joined the Dumbartonshire Education Committee in Glasgow as an architectural assistant under the Master of Works A M Samson, working on a new school in Helensburgh and on numerous alterations and reconstructions to existing schools which had suffered neglect during the war years. During the years 1922 to 1925 he attended evening classes in architecture at the Technical College. He moved to Gloucester in 1925 to work under the Gloucestershire County Education Architect, R S Phillips, and moved again in August 1930 to enter the Hertfordshire County Surveyor's Office as senior assistant. He was admitted LRIBA late the following year, his proposers being Hugh Patrick Guarin Maule of London, his connection with whom is unknown, and Duncan Walter Clark, president of the Essex, Cambridge & Hertfordshire Society of Architects. His nomination papers are accompanied by reference letters from his former employers, Hunter stating that he was a 'diligent student most trustworthy his moral character is very good', and Samson describing him as 'an ideal colleague, gentlemanly in manner, fruitful in suggestion, deliberate in judgment, and always reliable, obliging and tactful', and 'systematic and thorough' in his efforts to keep up to date with new developments in school architecture and construction.

In 1933 he moved to Ipswich where he joined the staff of the East Suffolk County Council architect, E J Symcox, as chief assistant. He acted as Symcox's deputy until 1945 when he was promoted to the newly created post of Deputy County Architect. He was elected FRIBA on 9 December 1952, his proposers being E J Symcox, Martin J Slater and J A Sherman.

Lobban died between April and June 1970, his death being registered in this period.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Vanadium, Vanda Crescent, St Albans, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 2The Laurels, Chelmondiston, nr Ipswich, Suffolk, EnglandPrivate1952 *  

* 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 6James Kennedy Hunter19101914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Dumbartonshire Education Committee19211925AssistantWorking under A M Samson, Master of Works
Item 3 of 6Gloucestershire Education Committee19251930AssistantWorking under R S Phillips, County Education Architect
Item 4 of 6Hertfordshire County Surveyor's OfficeAugust 19301933Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 6East Suffolk County Architect's Office19331945Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6East Suffolk County Architect's Office1945After 1952ArchitectDeputy County Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Duncan Walter ClarkLate 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 5Hugh Patrick Guarin MauleLate 1931for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 5J A Sherman20 June 1952For Fellowship
Item 4 of 5Martin Johns Slater20 June 1952For Fellowship
Item 5 of 5E J Symcox20 June 1952For Fellowship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11925Hermitage Primary SchoolHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandas architectural assistant to Dumbartonshire Education Committee, working under A M Samson


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 no3988 (box 19); F no4752 (combined box 33)