Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Roxburgh Smith
Born: 10 August 1881
Died: 1975
Bio Notes: John Roxburgh Smith (generally known as J Roxburgh Smith) was born on 10 August 1881 and articled to Clarke & Bell, Glasgow in 1899, remaining as an assistant until 1904. During that period he attended classes at Glasgow School of Art under Professor Alexander McGibbon.

In 1904 he emigrated to Canada as assistant to E & W S Maxwell in Montreal. Whilst there he assisted with both the establishment of the Montreal Sketching Club and the Maxwell Atelier. He was admitted LRIBA on 22 April 1912, his proposers being George Allen Ross and Thomas McLaren of Montreal, and Alexander McGibbon. In 1912 he left Montreal and enrolled at the Atelier Hebrard in Paris where he remained for six months, spending the remainder of the year travelling in Europe. He returned to E & W S Maxwell's office in 1912 but left them again the following year to work for H E Prindle on Quebec Station, moving again in 1915 to join Toronto Terminal Architects and work on Toronto Union Station.

In 1917 he entered the office of James Cecil McDougall who had also been an assistant in the Maxwell practice. He passed the qualifying exam in 1920, and commenced independent practice the following year, continuing to assist McDougall at various intervals. In 1941 he was elected President of the Province of Quebec Association of Architects. He entered into partnership with McDougall and an unidentified architect named Fleming in 1946, the partnership continuing at least until 1951, in which year the RIBA Council elected him FRIBA on 6 March.

Smith died in 1975.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3235, Durocher, Outremont, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1912 *  
Item 2 of 31235, McGill College Avenue, Montreal, CanadaBusiness1951 *  
Item 3 of 33453, Peel Street, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1951 *  

* 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 8Clarke & Bell1899c. 1903(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Clarke & Bellc. 1903(?)1904Assistant 
Item 3 of 8E & W S Maxwell19041912Assistant 
Item 4 of 8E & W S Maxwell19131914Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Harry Edward Prindle19141915Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Toronto Terminal Architects19151917Assistant 
Item 7 of 8James Cecil McDougall19171920Assistant(?) 
Item 8 of 8McDougall, Smith & Fleming1946After 1951Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Alexander McGibbon22 April 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4Thomas McLaren22 April 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4RIBA Council6 March 1951for Fellowship
Item 4 of 4George Allen Ross22 April 1912for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1  Accessed July 2010

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Journal of the Royal Architectural Inst of CanadaJanuary 1942v19, no1  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information per Holly Kinnear
Item 2 of 3Province of Quebec Association of ArchitectsProvince of Quebec Association of Architects Files Files - member no 111
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v23 no1813; F no4596 (combined box 23)