Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Philip Shaw
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: Robert Philip Shaw was presumably a native of Edinburgh. He served his articles with John Watson and attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art and heior Watt College. In mid 1911 he was awarded the Scottish national Art Survey Scholarship and spent six months from June to November 1911 making surveys of 'several castellated and domestic works in Scotland'. In 1913 he was awarded a travelling scholarship and for a period of four months made a study tour in England. Apart from some time spent serving with the Forces in World War I he was employed as an assistant in the office of Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid. He was elected ARIBA under the war exemption scheme in mid-1920, his proposers being John Watson, John Wilson and James Fenton Wyness. He was living in Bathgate at the time of his application to the RIBA but had moved to work in the Architectural Office of the Public Works Department in Hong Kong by the time of his election. He retained his membership of the Edinburgh Architectural Association despite his move to Hong Kong. He was still there in 1939-40. No further details are yet known.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh, Scotland(?)PrivateBefore 1930(?)  
Item 2 of 2Hong Kong, ChinaBusiness1930 or 1931 *1939 or 1940(?)And after this?

* 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 3Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid  Assistant 
Item 2 of 3John WatsonDecember 1907 Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Public Works Department Architectural Office, Hong Kong1930 *   

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John WatsonJuly 1920For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John WilsonJuly 1920For Associateship
Item 3 of 3[James] Fenton ('Tony') WynessJuly 1920For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 A 1920 no 3036 (microfilm reel 24)