Basic Biographical Details

Name: James William Hepburn
Born: 2 April 1881
Died: 1961
Bio Notes: James William Hepburn was born on 2 April 1881. He was articled to James Lindsay in Glasgow from 1897 to 1902 and attended Glasgow School of Art, periodically setting out on sketching tours of England, Northern France and Belgium. In 1902 he obtained a place in the LCC Architect's Department, and whilst there he won the Grissell Gold Medal in 1904. He passed the qualifying exam in 1906 and was admitted ARIBA on 3 December that year, his proposers being John Slater, Arthur Ashbridge and Lewis Solomon. His post with the LCC was made permanent in the following year and he remained there thereafter, working on constructional and planning projects in the earlier years and from 1934 taking charge of the Housing section. In the Housing section he was responsible for the design and erection of many blocks of flats and thousands of cottages.

He was elected FRIBA on 17 November 1942, his proposers being John Henry Forshaw, James Bertie Francis Cooper, and William Edward Brooks. Hewas a member of the Royal Society of British Artists to which he was elected in 1902.

He retired on 30 November 1944 after completing 42 years' service. He had a gift for leadership and was highly regarded among his contemporaries. He died between January and March 1961 in Worhting in Sussex.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Charing Cross Road, London, EnglandBusiness(?)1906 *  
Item 2 of 325, Denbigh Place, South Belgravia, London, EnglandPrivate(?)1906 *  
Item 3 of 312, Selvege Lane, Mill Hill, London, EnglandPrivate1942 *1950 

* 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 2James Lindsay18971902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1902After 1942AssistantAssistant Architect in charge of Housing from 1934


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Arthur Ashbridge3 December 1906for Associateship
Item 2 of 6William Edward Brooks17 November 1942for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6James Bertie Francis Cowper17 November 1942for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6John Henry Forshaw17 November 1942for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John Slater3 December 1906for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Lewis Solomon3 December 1906for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Horace Athelstone Woulfe Knight17 October 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Ernest Ogilvie Thomson16 March 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Reginald Buchanan Urquhart16 October 1945for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3London Metropolitan Archives Biographical volumes on Council architects   
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v17 p15 (microfilm reel 19); F no3919 (box 30)