Basic Biographical Details

Name: Margaret Johnston James
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 February 1910
Died: 17 June 1993
Bio Notes: Margaret Johnston James was born on 23 February 1910, the daughter of Robert Hood James, solicitor, and his wife Margaret Goldie James. He attended day classes at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg from 1928 to 1930 and from 1931 to 1933, spending the interim period in an inspecified architect's office. She was admitted ARIBA on 5 March 1934, her proposers being Begg, Burnett Napier Henderson Orphoot and William Theodore Percival Bryce, which suggests that her office experience may have been in the practice of Orphoot, Whiting & Bryce. Her nomination papers give a business and private address of 25 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh.

It is not clear if she continued to practice after her marriage to Gordon Douglas Aitchison, a store manager.

She died on 17 June 1993 at the Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh aged 83. Her husband had predeceased her.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 22/34, Croft-an-Righ, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1993 
Item 2 of 225, Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1934 *  

* 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 1Orphoot, Whiting & BryceJuly 1930(?)July 1931(?)Apprentice(?)The location of her office training is unknown but her proposers for RIBA membership suggest this firm.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg5 March 1934for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Theodore Percival Bryce5 March 1934for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Burnett Napier Henderson Orphoot5 March 1934for Associateship


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 no5378 (combined box 75)