Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Robert Ernest Stewardson |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: || |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Robert Ernest Stewardson was articled to Robert Macfarlane Cameron in Edinburgh from 1894 to 1898. On completing his apprenticeship he moved to London where he worked as assistant to William Henry White for one year; in H M Office of Works, Westminster for one year; in the LCC Architects Department under William Edward Riley for one year; and to George Hornblower for three-and-a-half years. During these early years he spent holidays sketching in Scotland, East Anglia and Normandy. |
He was admitted ARIBA on 5 December 1904, his proposers being Hornblower, White and William Alfred Pite. The following year he was chosen by Aston Webb to be sent to the Public Works Department in Bloemfontein, South Africa to carry out the Grey College Buildings, following which, in 1908, he moved to Shanghai to work as assistant and latterly chief assistant to Walter Scott. It was there that he commenced independent practice in April 1913.
In 1919 he entered into partnership with Herbert Marshall Spence, a former colleague in the Office of Works, as Stewardson & Spence. Stewardson was elected FRIBA in early 1921, his proposers being White, Riley and Hornblower. By that time he had undertaken extensive travels embracing America, Canada, India, South Africa, the Strait Settlements, the Phillipines, Siberia, Germany, Russia, China and Japan.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|17, Pall Mall East, London SW, England||Business||1904 *|| || |
|32, Huron Road, Upper Tooting, London SW, England||Private||1904 *|| || |
|22, Ming Yuen Road, Shanghai, China||Business||1920 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|Alexander Wood Graham-Brown||Late 1923||for Associateship|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Denison, Edward and Guang, Yu Ren||2006||Building Shanghai: The Story of China's Gateway|| ||Chichester: Wiley-Academy (John Wiley & Sons Ltd)|| |
|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 v16 p43 (microfilm reel 19); F no1744 (microfilm reel 14)|