Basic Biographical Details

Name: Swan & Maclaren
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1887
Bio Notes: ___Swan & J W B Maclaren practised principally in Kuala Lumpur. The firm was founded by Swan and his partner ___Lermit in 1887. Lermit withdrew in 1892 and was replaced by J W B MacLaren. They became the 'leading exponents of their profession' in Singapore, having offices there and in Bangkok and Penang as well as Kuala Lumpur. In 1895 Swan & MacLaren recruited Regent Alfred John Bidwell (1869-1920) who was an English architect in the Public Works Department in Kuala Lumpur to design their more architectural commssions. He remained there until at least 1907 when he was replaced by David McLeod Craik as architectural partner. Craik who had started in the office in 1902 remained there until at least 1930s with the exception of the war years. The other partners were H Robinson who lived at Singapore and H C Atkin-Berry who lived at Kuala Lumpur.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaBusiness1926 *  
Item 2 of 2Hong Kong Bank Chambers/GPO Box 569, Singapore, Singapore Before 1953After 1970 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 10J Wadell Boyd Maclaren1892 Partner 
Item 2 of 10David McLeod Craik1907 Senior AssistantSupervisor of the Penang office. Later partner?
Item 3 of 10Vincent Steadmen19141919Assistant 
Item 4 of 10Oliver Frederick Savege1926  In charge of office
Item 5 of 10Francis Morrison Howie19481956Architect 
Item 6 of 10James Kirkwood19521955Senior Assistant 
Item 7 of 10Richard Gemmill Jones1 December 1954 Assistant 
Item 8 of 10James Kirkwood1955After 1958Partner 
Item 9 of 10Richard Gemmill Jones1 January 1958 Associate 
Item 10 of 10Richard Gemmill Jones1 January 1961 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 27 November 1958Telephone Exchange  Kuala LumpurMalaysiaarchitect per Builder p804
CHECK - appears to be continuation of original firm..
Item 2 of 216 January 1959Anglican Chinese High School, Singapore   Singaporearchitect, per Builder p164


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1MacMillan, Allister (comp.and ed.)1923Seaports of the Far East London: W H & L Collingridgep305