Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Robertson Stewart
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 February 1925
Died: 20 June 1992
Bio Notes: John Robertson Stewart was born on 26 February 1925, the son of Jiohn Robertson Stewart, clockmaker, and his wife Margaret Dandie Bannerman. From September 1942 to June 1943 he studied part-time on the diploma course at Dundee School of Art while at the same time serving his articles in the practice of Gillespie & Scott in St Andrews. After a break between 1943 and September 1947 which he spent travelling on the Continent, he returned to continue full-time. In June 1951 he sat the final exams and was awarded his diploma. He was elected ARIBA in December 1951, his proposers being John Needham, A H Williams and Donald Ross. In August of that year he took a post as assistant with Walker & Pride in St Andrews but left after six months and emigrated to Malaya to a post with the Public Works Department.

During his years in Malaya he worked on a wide range of projects including schools (the larger ones being Tiger Lane School and the Sultan Idris Training College, Tarjong Malm), hospitals (the largest being the Orthopaedic Hospital in Malacca), the GPO, government offices, a marine naval base. He was elected FRIBA on 12 December 1961, proposed by A L Concannon, Eric Taylor and E J Soow (?). The following year he moved to New South Wales, Australia, commencing practice in August 1962 as a partner in Crooks, Mitchell, Stewart Pty Ltd which has based in Chatswood. Crooks, Mitchell, Stewart Pty Ltd was a firm of consulting engineers and architects, though only Stewart was a registered architect in New South Wales. One of their major projects was St Martins Tower which dates from 1975.

Stewart retired in about 1981 and died on 20 June 1992.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Rose Bank, Largo Road, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1951  
Item 2 of 32, Thomas Street, Chatswood, New South Wales, AustraliaBusiness1970After 1979 
Item 3 of 322, The Battlement, Castlecraig, New South Wales, AustraliaPrivateBefore 19811992 

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 4Gillespie & ScottJune 1942June 1943Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Walker & PrideAugust 1951December 1951Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Malaya Public Works Department 19521962Architect 
Item 4 of 4Crooks Mitchell Peacock Stewart Pty Ltd1962c. 1981Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Thomas Arthur Lawrence Concannan12 December 1961For Fellowship
Item 2 of 5John Needham11 December 1951For Associateship
Item 3 of 5Donald (F?) Ross11 December 1951For Associateship
Item 4 of 5Eu Jin Seow (or Soow?)12 December 1961For Fellowship
Item 5 of 5Eric Taylor12 December 1961For Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Anne Higham, Australian Institute of ArchitectsAIA Architects' database Sent September 2010