Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Gorman
Born: 1876
Died: 1920
Bio Notes: James Gorman was born in 1876, apparently the elder brother of Joseph Brown Dick Gorman whose early career ran a remarkably similar course. He was articled to A & A Heiton in Perth in 1893, and remained with Andrew Granger Heiton after Andrew Heiton Junior's death in 1894, completing his apprenticeship in 1897. In that year he moved to Glasgow as assistant to the civil engineers Formans & McCall, where he was engaged in the design and construction of station buildings on the Lanarkshire & Dunbartonshire Railway, and in 1899 to Hawick to work as chief assistant to James Pearson Alison. In 1900 he commenced independent practice in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, in partnership with Edmund Herbert Child, but he emigrated to Penang in 1904 to work for Barnett & Stark, from which office he was appointed architect to the government of Kedah State in 1907. He was admitted LRIBA on 22 April 1912, his proposers being Edmund Herbert Child, Albert Nelson Bromley and Harry Garnham Watkins. By that time he had been responsible for hospitals, a prison, a police court and officials' residences in Kedah.

He died in office in 1920.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Ashfield House, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, EnglandPrivate(?)1911 * This was presumably his home address from his time in Long Eaton in 1900-04, as he was already in Kedah at that time
Item 2 of 2Alor Star, Kedah, MalaysiaPrivate/business1912 *  

* 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 6Andrew Heiton (junior)18931894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Andrew Granger Heiton (or Andrew H Heiton Granger)18941897Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Formans & McCall18971899Assistant 
Item 4 of 6James Pearson Alison18991900Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Child, Gorman & Ross19001904Partner 
Item 6 of 6Barnett & Stark19041907Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Albert Nelson Bromley22 April 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Edmund Herbert Child22 April 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Harry Garnham Watkins22 April 1912for Licentiateship

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 11899Kirklee BridgeKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandDetailing for Formans & McCall


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal4 December 1920v28London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp78 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v22 no1787