Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Shepherd Anderson
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 June 1908
Bio Notes: John Shepherd Anderson was born on 23 June 1908. He was articled to James Shearer from June 1923 to June 1928 while attending evening classes at Lauder Technical College in Dunfermline. After the completion of his articles he continued with Shearer as an assistant until moving to Canada in 1930.

From June to December 1930 he was an assistant with the Ontario Refining Company, Copper Cliff, Ontario where he undertook work on their administration buildings. In January of the following year he moved to a post as assistant in the office of A I Morrison, New Brunswick but remained there only until September of that year. In September 1931 he undertook a commission from M M Strauss of New York and Red Bank, New Jersey to design and erect fishing lodges on the Restigouche River, New Brunswick.

On the completion of this project from 1932-34 he took a refresher course at Ontario Technical College in Hamilton. He spent some months during this period in Scotland where he undertook some small private commissions for the church authorities. From March 1933 to March 1937 he had a post as ssistant with the Canadian Department of Mational Defence in St Johns New Brunswick and worked on airfields and ancillary buildings and armories.

He returned to Scotland in May 1937 to a post as architectural assistant with the Ministry of Works in Edinburgh. He was promoted to executive grade in early 1942 in the Ministry of Works in Manchester. He was still in this post at the time of his application for Licentiateship of the RIBA in 1948, proposed by James Shearer, Alfred Hugh Mottram and Ebenezer James MacRae.

It is not yet been established where and when he died.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Ministry of Works/76, Thirnham Road, Sale, Cheshire, EnglandBusiness1942After 1948 
Item 2 of 2Rydal/2, Thornham Road, Manchester, EnglandPrivate1948 *  

* 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 7James Grant ShearerJune 1923June 1928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7James Grant ShearerJuly 1928April 1930Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Ontario Refining CompanyJune 1930December 1930Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Alexander Innis MorrisonJanuary 1931August 1931Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Canadian Department of National DefenceMarch 1933March 1937Assistant 
Item 6 of 7H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)May 1937 Assistant 
Item 7 of 7H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)March 1942After 1948Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Ebenezer James MacRae7 July 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram7 July 1948For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Grant Shearer7 July 1948For Licentiateship


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 no6307 (Combined Box 131)