Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Michael Fox
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 September 1912
Bio Notes: John Michael Fox was born on 25 September 1912 and was articled to Orphoot, Whiting & Lindsay of Edinburgh on 23 September 1930. On completing his three-year apprenticeship he commenced the diploma course at Edinburgh College of Art on 1 October 1933. Whilst studying he gave periodical assistance to 'Mr Leslie Thompson of Edinburgh' - presumably Leslie Grahame-Thompson - and to James Robertson, a former assistant of Grahame-Thompson's who set up independent practice in the mid-1930s. Fox was a successful student, gaining the Andrew Grant Scholarship and being a finalist for the Tite Prize. He obtained his diploma in June 1937 and was admitted ARIBA on 6 December that year, his proposers being Burnett Napier Henderson Orphoot, William Higgins Henry of Dunoon, and Harbottle Reed of Exeter. Prior to that time he had spent up to four weeks in France, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and the south of England, where he studied domestic and ecclesiastical work.

Fox later emigrated to Australia. He ceased to be a member of the RIBA in 1980.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Burnham House, Barnstaple, Devon, EnglandPrivate1937 *  
Item 2 of 3c/o CBC/16, Petrie Street, Canberra, AustraliaBusiness1979 *  
Item 3 of 3AustraliaPrivate1980 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Orphoot, Whiting & Lindsay23 September 1930September 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James RobertsonAfter 1933Before 1937AssistantGave 'periodical assistance'
Item 3 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)After 1933Before 1937AssistantGave 'periodical assistance to Mr Leslie Thompson of Edinburgh (presumably Grahame-Thomson)


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Higgins Henry6 December 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Burnett Napier Henderson Orphoot6 December 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Harbottle Reed6 December 1937for Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6506 (combined box 143)