Basic Biographical Details

Name: Frederick Robert Hiorns
Designation: Architect
Born: 1876
Died: 1961
Bio Notes: Frederick Robert Hiorns was born in 1876. He had a varied academic training, was Godwin Bursar in 1905 and was awarded a Distinction in his degree in Town Planning. He worked in various private offices until joining the LCC in 1902. He collaborated with W E Riley during the construction of the new County Hall and this was the subject of commendation by the appointed architects.

From 1926 to 1935 Hiorns directed the work of the General Section of the LCC and was responsible for the design of a wide range of buildings including schools, hospitals and housing. He made notable contributions in hospital planning especially the ward plan to which he gave his name and to the Departmental Committee Report of Hospital Standards, 1934. From 1935 to 1939 Hiorns was Deputy Architect. He was responsible for the extension on the east side of the County Hall and for much housing work including a large scheme at Hammersmith.

He was appointed Architect and Superintending Architect of Metropolitan Buildings in 1939. With the outbreak of hostilities much proposed work was halted. During the brief respite in air raids on London until his retirement on 13 July 1941 Hiorns was involved with much replanning and restoration work.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1London, EnglandPrivate/business   

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 1London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19021941  


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Robert RobertsonMid 1930for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4Elizabeth Margaret Smeall30 November 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 4Hector John Watt Stirling19 July 1937for Associateship
Item 4 of 4Frank Coutts WebsterLate 1930for Fellowship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1London Metropolitan Archives Biographical volumes on Council architects