Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alastair Stewart Foster
Born: 1 August 1913
Died: 1941
Bio Notes: Alastair Stewart Foster was born on 1 August 1913 and was articled to George Penrose Kennedy Young of Perth on 8 September 1928. On completing his four-year apprenticeship he commenced the diploma course at Aberdeen School of Art. Over the following years he spent eight months assisting James Brown Nicol of Kelly & Nicol on 'hospital work' (presumably Aberdeen Royal Infirmary) and six months assisting Percy L Browne of Newcastle on cinema work. He obtained his diploma from Robert Gordon's College and an exemption from the RIBA final exam in July 1936, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA on 19 July 1937, his proposers being Nicol, Robert Leslie Rollo and Thomas Ridley Milburn. By the time of his application for admittance he had been working in the office of Sunderland firm W & T R Milburn for eight months, again on hospital work. His nomination papers give his 'home' address as 'Strowan, Crieff, Perthshire' - whether this was Strowan House itself or a location nearby is unclear.

Stewart served as 2nd Lieutentant with the Royal Artillery in the Second World War and was killed in 1941.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Strowan?, Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4G P K Young & Son8 September 19281932Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Kelly & Nicolc. 1935(?)c. 1936(?)AssistantFor 8 months
Item 3 of 4Percy L Browne & Son1936(?)1936(?)AssistantFor 6 months
Item 4 of 4W & T R Milburn1936(?)After 1937AssistantFor 8 months


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Ridley Milburn19 July 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown Nicol19 July 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo19 July 1937for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 1After 1932Aberdeen Royal InfirmaryForesterhill AberdeenScotlandFor 8 months as assistant to James Bron Nicol


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths Military records
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6447 (combined box 140)