Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Chambers Busby
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 October 1906
Died: 20 September 1991
Bio Notes: John Chambers Busby was born on 2 October 1906, the son of Adam Busby, iron forger, and his wife, Jane Chambers. He studied at Clydebank Technical School , the Royal Technical College and Glasgow School of Art. He was awarded a prize in Building Construction by the Royal Technical College He served his articles with Dumbarton County Council from 1923 and continued in their employment until at least 1948 apart from the war years. During that time he was architect to the National Fire Service in Scotland and later an assistant to Professor Basil WAr at the Royal College of Art in London while he was chief assistant in the Specialist Section in Oxford. . He was admitted LRIBA on 1949, proposed by Joseph Weekes, William McCrea and R A Match (? indeciperable). At that date his address was 7 Kirk Crescent, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow. He was still at this address in 1964. He disappears from directories from before 1970.

He died on 20 September 1991 at St Margaret's Hospice, Clydebank. He was survived by his wife Jessie Laidlaw Cairns.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Dumbarton County Council Architects Department/18, Park Circus, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1940s  
Item 2 of 27, Kirk Cresent, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1948 *1991Builder 10 December 1948 p695

* 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 2Dumbarton County Architect's Office16 August 1923 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Dumbarton County Architect's Officec. 1930 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William McCrea8 March 1949For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Joseph Weekes8 March 1949For Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 11948Netherton WorksAnniesland GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

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 L no6347 (Combined Box 131)