Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Scott Johnston
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 September 1913
Died: 1 May 1989
Bio Notes: James Scott Johnston was born on 5 September 1913, son of George Morris Johnston, railway assistant superintendent, and his wife Catherine Brand. He served his apprenticeship with Thomas Bowhill Gibson in Edinburgh from 1931 to 1936, studying part-time at the Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. In the summer after he completed his apprenticeship, he secured a travelling scholarship which he used to visit Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk. He then worked for two years as assistant to Gibson before moving in 1938 to Newcastle to take up a post as assistant in the City Architect's Department, the then City Architect being Robert George Roberts. He passed the final exam in December 1942 and was admitted ARIBA on 5 September 1943, his proposers being Roberts, R Norman MacKellar and P Clive Newcombe.

In 1974 he was working for the British Rail Architects Department in Glasgow, based then at Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road.

He died at the Victoria Infirmary on 1 May 1989, survived by his wife Ruth Catherine Guthrie Hall.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4352, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1989 
Item 2 of 423, Glenthorn Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate1943 *  
Item 3 of 451, Rupert Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivatec. 1954After 1965 
Item 4 of 430, Melville Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1970 *After 1979 

* 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 5Thomas Bowhill Gibson19311936Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Thomas Bowhill Gibson19361938Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Robert George Roberts19381943Assistantin Newcastle City Architect's Department
Item 4 of 5Newcastle City Architect's Office1938After 1943Assistantworking under Robert George Roberts, City Architect
Item 5 of 5British Railways Architects (Architects Department, British Rail)1974 *  in Glasgow office

* 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 3Robert Norman Houghton MacKellar13 April 1943for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Philip Clive Newcombe13 April 1943for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert George Roberts13 April 1943for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 2 of 6RIBA1956Kalendar 1956-57   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 4 of 6RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   

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 no8202 (combined box 205)