Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Morrison |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||5 April 1905 |
|Died: ||1937 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Morrison was born on 5 April 1905 and was articled to T G Archibald of Huntly, Aberdeenshire in June 1920. He attended Aberdeen School of Architecture from August 1923, receiving his diploma in 1925 and his post-diploma in 1926 and reputedly being regarded by the headmaster as one of the most promising pupils. By July of the latter year he had moved to London, passing the qualifying exam in that month and joining Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie of A Marshall Mackenzie & Son as assistant in September. It was also at that time that he was awarded a silver medal by the Board of Architectural Education. |
Morrison's RIBA nomination papers are anomalous. He was first elected ARIBA on 29 November 1926, his proposers being AGR Mackenzie, Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth and Alexander Marshall Mackenzie; but somehow his admission at this point appears to have slipped through the net as he did not appear in the ensuing RIBA Kalendars and applied for Associateship a second time in September 1928. His re-application, again with the support of AGR Mackenzie and Wigglesworth but this time with Thomas Smith Tait as his third proposer, was accepted late that year or early the next. The later nomination papers show that after only seven months with Mackenzie he had transferred to the office of William Edward Trent.
Morrison designed a number of cinemas in London and throughout England for the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation, Bernstein Cinemas and Gaumont Super Cinemas, some in conjunction with William Thomas Benslyn. He died in 1937.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|23, Upperkirkgate, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private||1926 *|| || |
|95, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, England||Private||1928 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Builder||24 December 1937|| || ||p1147|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no4000 (box 5); A no4268 (combined box 4)|