Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Wood Graham-Brown
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: Alexander Wood Graham-Brown was articled to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson of Edinburgh c. 1903. He moved to London c. 1908 to work for Collcutt & Hamp as assistant, leaving them on the outbreak of war to join the armed forces. On his demobilisation in 1919, on the recommendation of John William Simpson he then emigrated to China to commence practice on his own account. He was working in the firm of Stewardson & Spence by 1920 when he designed offices for the trading firm Jardine & Matheson on Beijing Road. He was admitted ARIBA in late 1923, unusually with only two proposers: Stanley Hinge Hamp and Robert Ernest Stewardson. By that time he had executed two large bank buildings at Harbin and Dairen (Manchuria) for the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation; a large club building in Shanghai; the Brunner Mond Office Building in Shanghai; and the War Memorial of the Shanghai Club, where he was a resident - the last two of these both the result of successful competition designs. His nomination papers state that he had earlier made measuring and sketching tours of Scotland, Yorkshire, Northern France, Holland and Belgium, and had made studies of temples, houses and bridges since arriving in China.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 241, Szechuan Road, Shanghai, ChinaBusiness1923 *  
Item 2 of 2Shanghai Club, Shanghai, ChinaPrivate1923 *  

* 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 3Sydney Mitchell & Wilsonc. 1903c. 1908Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Collcutt & Hampc. 19081914Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Stewardson & Spence1920 *   

* 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 2Stanley Hinge HampLate 1923for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Robert Ernest StewardsonLate 1923for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Denison, Edward and Guang, Yu Ren2006Building Shanghai: The Story of China's Gateway Chichester: Wiley-Academy (John Wiley & Sons Ltd)p 144

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 no3651 (microfilm reel 27)