Basic Biographical Details

Name: Samuel Lionel Lipson
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 May 1901
Died: 1995
Bio Notes: Samuel Lionel Lipson was born in Leeds on 20 May 1901. His parents were Lithunian Jews who had fled to England. He was articled to Neil Campbell Duff in 1917, transferring to the office of Keppie & Henderson for unknown reasons a year later and attending classes at the Glasgow School of Art and Technical College. In 1923 he joined James Miller as a draughtsman. He passed the senior certificate at Glasgow School of Art in 1924 and the RIBA qualifying exam in December 1925, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA on 29 March 1926, his proposers being Miller, John Keppie and John Watson. At that time he was still in Miller's office. In the same year he spent four months travelling in France, Spain and Italy.

Lipson emigrated to Australia sailing on the Largs Bay from London on 19 April 1926. He have his profession as 'architectural draughtsman'. On rrival in Australia he initially worked in the Sydney office of the Commonwealth Department of Works & Railways. He was one of the staff laid off due to the Depression budget cuts but managed to obtain a brief appointment as senior draughtsman to Henry Eli White, who was a specialist theatre architect in New South Wales.

He commenced practice on his own account in Sydney in 1932, and was still there when he was elected FRIBA on 3 July 1945, his proposers being president of the Board of Architects of New South Wales Bertrand James Waterhouse, Henry Ebenezer Budden of Sydney, and another. Lipson continued to be a member of the RIBA. He died in Sydney in 1995.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 37, Main Street, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1926 *  
Item 2 of 356, Hunter Street, Sydney, AustraliaBusiness1944 *  
Item 3 of 388, Bellevue Road, Bellevue Hill, Sydney, AustraliaPrivate1944 *  

* 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 4Neil Campbell Duff19171918Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Keppie & Henderson19181923Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4James Miller19231926Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 4Henry Eli White19261931Senior Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Henry Ebenezer Budden3 July 1945for Fellowship
Item 2 of 5John Keppie29 March 1926for Associateship
Item 3 of 5James Miller29 March 1926for Associateship
Item 4 of 5Bertrand James Waterhouse3 July 1945for Fellowship
Item 5 of 5John Watson29 March 1926for Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Dr Noni Boyd, Heritage Officer, Australian Institute of ArchitectsInformation sent vua 'Contact Us' on website Sent January 2014
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3924 (box 4); F no4091 (box 32)