Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Stuart
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 December 1875
Died: 31 March 1956
Bio Notes: John Stuart was born on 5 December 1875 and was articled to Brown & Watt of Aberdeen from May 1891 to May 1896, studying at Robert Gordon's College and Gray's School of Art. After completing his apprenticeship he left for London where he joined Ernest George & Yeates as assistant in August 1896, moving to the office of Paxton Hood Watson and subsequently to that of Alfred Walter Saxon Snell, then working under the name of H Saxon Snell & Son. During this period he continued his studies at the School of Arts & Crafts in London.

He moved to Leeds in 1899 to work as architect to the Insanitary Areas Committee of Leeds Corporation, leaving the following year to join West Riding County Council as assistant architect. He was promoted to chief assistant in 1904 and to County Education Architect in 1910, and was admitted LRIBA on 19 December of the latter year, proposed by George Watt.

He was elevated to FRIBA in mid-1915, again proposed by Watt but this time with the additional support of Harry Sutton Chorley and George Henry Widdows; at that time he was still working as West Riding Education Architect, based in offices in the County Hall, Wakefield. He remained there until 1920 when he moved to Essex as County Architect, a position he held until 1945.

He died on 31 March 1956.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 14 St James Terrace, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1910 *  

* 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 9Brown & WattMay 1891May 1896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Ernest George & YeatesAugust 1896Before 1899Assistant 
Item 3 of 9H Saxon Snell & SonAfter 18961899Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Paxton Hood WatsonAfter 1896Before 1899Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Leeds Corporation Insanitary Areas Committee18991900Architect 
Item 6 of 9West Riding County Architect's Department19001904Assistant 
Item 7 of 9West Riding County Architect's Department19041910Chief Assistant 
Item 8 of 9West Riding County Architect's Department19101920Education Architect 
Item 9 of 9Essex County Architect's Department19201945Chief ArchitectCounty Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Harry Sutton ChorleyMid 1915for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4George Watt19 December 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4George WattMid 1915for Fellowship
Item 4 of 4George Henry WiddowsMid 1915for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James William Spence6 December 1927for Licentiateship

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 11889Central Public Library  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice to Brown & Watt on successful competition entry


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder6 April 1956v190 p262 - obituary

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 v6 no393