Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter John Malcolm Johnstone Foubister
Bio Notes: Peter John Malcolm Johnstone Foubister was articled to W Carruthers Laidlaw in August 1909, studying at Heriot-Watt College and Edinburgh College of Art. He transferred to the office of Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid in October 1913 for the final year of his apprenticeship and remained there for a further three-and-a-half months as junior draughtsman, continuing his studies and gaining first place medals in Building Construction, Masonry & Brickwork and Municipal & Sanitary Engineering. He joined the armed forces on 20 February 1915, and from December 1916 to May 1918 was employed as assistant draughtsman to CRE Scottish Command. He was demobilised on 2 May 1919 and emigrated to Kenya soon thereafter, taking up an appointment as assistant draughtsman to the Public Works Department there in November the same year. He was promoted to chief draughtsman on 2 May 1923. He returned to London to pass the qualifying exam in July 1926 and to spend six months in the office of Alexander Godolphin Bond, but was back at the Kenya Public Works Department by the time of his admittance as ARIBA on 29 November that year, for which he was proposed by Bond, Albert John Thomas and the RIBA Council. In a supporting statement, Bond wrote described Foubister as 'thoroughly capable in his profession, in which he showed the greatest keenness.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 211, Millfield Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1926 * 'Permanent' address, although in Kenya at this time
Item 2 of 2KenyaBusiness1926 *  

* 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 7William Carruthers LaidlawAugust 1909October 1913Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Leadbetter, Fairley & ReidOctober 1913October 1914Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7Leadbetter, Fairley & ReidOctober 191420 February 1915Junior Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 7Kenya Colony Public Works Department29 November 19192 May 1923AssistantAssistant Draughtsman
Item 5 of 7Kenya Colony Public Works Department2 May 1923Early 1926Chief Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 7Kenya Colony Public Works DepartmentBefore 29 November 1926 Chief Draughtsman 
Item 7 of 7Alexander Godolphin BondEarly 1926Before 29 November 1926AssistantFor six months only


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Godolphin Bond29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 2 of 3RIBA Council29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Albert John Thomas29 November 1926for 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 no3988 (box 5)