Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Walker Smart
Born: 1872
Died: 1941
Bio Notes: John Walker Smart was born in 1872, the son of the architect James Smart who is believed to have been apprenticed in his turn to his uncle or father David Smart, architect, Perth, and who was in partnership with him as D & J Smart from at least 1887. John was articled to the family firm from 1888, leaving to gain wider experience with Kinnear & Peddie in Edinburgh in 1892, with McLuckie & Walker in Stirling in 1893 and with Thomas Martin Cappon in Dundee in 1894. In 1895 the D & J Smart partnership ended, probably in a family disagreement relating to the readmission of John to the practice. James left to open his own office with John as chief assistant, and in 1900 entered into partnership with him as James Smart & Son. Their office was at 28 York Place, David Smart remaining at the 42 Tay Street office and later going into partnership with Donald Alexander Stewart.

James did not seek membership of the RIBA but John was admitted Licentiate on 16 January 1911, his proposers being George Penrose Kennedy Young, William Fleming Wilkie and Patrick Hill Thoms. His nomination papers suggest that his father had died in 1903. In the interim period between his application for Licentiateship in 1910 and the end of that year, John had emigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg where he was an associate for twelve years with J H G Russel. In the 1920s he moved to Alhambra, California. He died in 1941.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 328, York Place, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1895After 1911 
Item 2 of 3Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaPrivate/business1910  
Item 3 of 3California, United States of AmericaPrivate/businessBetween 1920 and 1929  

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 6D & J Smart18881892Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Kinnear & Peddie18921893Assistant 
Item 3 of 6McLuckie & Walker18931894Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Thomas Martin Cappon18941895Assistant 
Item 5 of 6James Smart18951900Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 6James Smart & Son19001910PartnerPerhaps in the partnership earlier


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms16 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Fleming Wilkie16 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Penrose Kennedy Young16 January 1911for 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 5After 1900Buildings for Messrs Muir & Martin, brewersPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 2 of 5After 1900Business premises for Messrs W & D PeddiePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 3 of 5After 1900St Mark's ChurchPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 51907Shops and dwellings for Daniel Reid EsqPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 519108 South St John PlacePerth PerthshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Journal of the Royal Architectural Inst of CanadaNovember 1941v18, no11 p192 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information per Holly Kinnear
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v8 no468 (microfilm reel 31)