Basic Biographical Details

Name: Samuel Davidson
Bio Notes: Samuel Davidson was articled to Robert Rowand Anderson's firm of Rowand Anderson & Paul from April 1904 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where he received his diploma in architecture in 1910. He joined the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1906. He remained with Anderson as junior draughtsman until April 1911, moving the following month to the firm of Sydney Mitchell & Wilson. He left for the office of Leadbetter Fairley & Reid in March 1913 and remained there until the outbreak of war in August 1914. During these early years he had made a number of short measuring and sketching tours in Scotland, York, Northampton, Cambridge, Lincoln and elsewhere in England.

He served in mainland Europe during the First World War and thereafter joined H M Office of Works in London. He passed the qualifying exam on 15 December 1920 and was admitted ARIBA early the following year, his proposers being Anderson, Maurice Everett Webb and Alexander Lorne Campbell. His application papers for admission give addresses in both London and Edinburgh, and his signature on his declaration of acceptance of Associateship of 7 March 1921 was witnessed by William Henry Jamieson of 4 Danube Street, Edinburgh, suggesting he may have returned to his native city by that time.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 235, Colville Terrace, Bayswater, London, EnglandPrivateDecember 1920 *  
Item 2 of 28, Great King Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateDecember 1920 *  

* 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 5Rowand Anderson & PaulApril 1904c. 1909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Rowand Anderson & Paulc. 1909April 1911Junior Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5Sydney Mitchell & WilsonMay 1911March 1913Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Leadbetter, Fairley & ReidMarch 1913August 1914Assistant 
Item 5 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)c. 1919After 1920AssistantIn London office at Storey's Gate, Westminster


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonEarly 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Lorne CampbellEarly 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Maurice Everett WebbEarly 1921for Associateship


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 A no3204 (microfilm reel 25)