Basic Biographical Details

Name: David John Cameron
Designation: Architect
Born: 1884
Died: 13 July 1959
Bio Notes: David John Cameron was born in 1883 or 1884 in Carmyllie, Angus, the son of James Cameron, teacher at the East Public School, Carmyllie and his wife Fanny. He was educated at Morgan Academy, Dundee and was articled to the Dundee architect Leslie Ower. He also studied briefly at Dundee College of Art. He emigrated to Canada sailing from Glasgow on 23 February 1907 and between then and 1912 he worked in the Toronto office of Darling & Pearson. While working in that office, he met another young Scotsman, William Ralston, with whom he was to later form a partnership. In the latter year he moved to New York and enrolled in classes run by the Beaux-Arts Society there and while living in New York, he worked briefly for leading architects Donn Barber, and for Kenneth M Murchison (in 1913-14).

At the outbreak of WWI he returned to Scotland and served with the Royal Engineers, then returned to Canada and went to Windsor, Ontario and took jobs across the border in the Detroit offices of C. Howard Crane, and for Malcolmson & Higginbotham in 1919-20. He opened business on his own account in Windsor in 1921 and within weeks he had won the competition for the Windsor & Walkerville Technical School (1921-22).

In 1922 he formed a partnership with William M Ralston. The practice flourished for a number of years but the 1929 stock market crash probably affected their business as the partnership was dissolved in 1929 and Ralston moved to Toronto while Cameron continued to practice on his own in Windsor until 1950. He died there on 13 July 1959.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Toronto, CanadaBusiness   
Item 2 of 2New York, United States of AmericaBusiness   

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 3Leslie Owerc. 1902c. 1907Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Darling & Pearsonc. 1907c. 1913Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Cameron & Ralston19221929Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1  Accessed April 2014.

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Journal of the Royal Architectural Inst of CanadaAugust 1959v36, no8 p290 Obituary
Item 2 of 3Prominent Men of Canadabetween 1931 and 1932  p446
Item 3 of 3Windsor Star15 July 1959  p5

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Holly Kinnear