Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Anderson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1872
Died: 9 March 1962
Bio Notes: John Anderson was born in 1872, the son of Alexander Anderson, who worked for George Fordyce & Co,masons, and his wife Hellen. He was articled to Matthews & Mackenzie of Aberdeen in 1885, remaining as assistant after completing his apprenticeship. In 1891 he moved to London, entering the office of Sir Robert William Edis. He travelled in Italy in 1892, and in the same year joined Frederick George Knight as an assistant. He subsequently returned to Matthews & Mackenzie as chief assistant. He passed the qualifying exam in 1894 and was admitted ARIBA on 11 June the same year, proposed by Edis, Arthur Cates and Lacy William Ridge. He worked in partnership with Herbert Winkler Wills and Sir Thomas Edwin Cooper from 1918 to 1942. He resigned his RIBA membership in 1958, and died on 9 March 1962.

His younger brother George Fordyce Anderson was also an architect in Aberdeen. They were probably cousins of George Fordyce who worked briefly as an architect. See separate entries.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 436, Lingfield Road, London, EnglandBusiness 1962 
Item 2 of 441, Desswood Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessc. 1894  
Item 3 of 44, Adam Street, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1907  
Item 4 of 42, Dungarvan Avenue, Putney, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1914After 1926 

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 6Matthews & Mackenzie18851890 or 1891ApprenticeRemained as assistant
Item 2 of 6Matthews & Mackenzie1890 or 18911891Assistant 
Item 3 of 6(Sir) Robert William Edis18911891 or 1892Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Frederick George Knight1892Before 1894Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Matthews & Mackenzie1894(?) * Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Wills & Cooper19181942Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Cates11 June 1894for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Robert William Edis11 June 1894for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Lacy William Ridge11 June 1894for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert Moir Gibson24 June 1912for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Avery    Obituary
Item 2 of 4Royal Academy exhibitors    1905-1970
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder16 March 1962  Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal10 March 1962v69London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p181

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 v12 p125 (microfiche 57/A3)