Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Stewart Smith
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 August 1933
Died: 2005
Bio Notes: Robert Stewart Smith was born at Fort House Nursing Home, Perth Road, Dundee on 18 August 1933, the son of Robert Smith, coal traveller, and his wife Helen Stewart Robb. He began the 6-year part-time course at Dundee School of Architecture while simultaneously serving his articles with Gauldie Hardie Wright & Needham. He was elected ARIBA in 1958, his proposers being John Needham, William Sinclair Gauldie and Arthur Francis Stevenson Wright. At the time of his election he was working in the Architect’s Department of Perth & Kinross Joint County Council.

Later in 1958 he emigrated to Ontario, Canada where he was a partner with Howard O’Gorman in Timmins. In March 1963 he left to set up practice on his own account. His practice was responsible for a wide variety of buildings, including schools, housing and churches. He was elected FRIBA in 1966, his proposers being William Sinclair Gauldie, Arthur Francis Stevenson Wright and William Allan Cairns. He died in Canada in the summer of 2005.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3462, Perth Road, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1958 *  
Item 2 of 3152, Cedar Street South, Timmins, Ontario, CanadaBusiness1970s(?) *  
Item 3 of 3694, Richelieu Avenue, Timmins, Ontario, CanadaBusiness1970s  

* 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 3Gauldie, Hardie, Wright & Needham19511955Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Perth & Kinross County Council Architects' Department1958 * Architect 
Item 3 of 3Howard O'Gorman1958March 1963Partner 

* 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 6William Allan Cairns5 October 1966For Fellowship
Item 2 of 6William Sinclair Gauldie4 February 1958For Associateship
Item 3 of 6William Sinclair Gauldie5 October 1966For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6John Needham4 February 1958For Associateship
Item 5 of 6Arthur Francis Stevenson Wright4 February 1958For Associateship
Item 6 of 6Arthur Francis Stevenson Wright5 October 1966For Fellowship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 18828; F no 5789 (Combined Box 100)