Basic Biographical Details

Name: Parker & Forsyth
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1905
Ended:  
Bio Notes: John Parker began independent practice in Cape Town in 1890, soon thereafter taking on as senior assistant Alexander Forsyth from the Edinburgh office of Thornton Shiells & Thomson. Parker's practice was extremely successful designing a number of large city blocks and in 1896 it also recruited the Australian Franklin Kaye Kendall who subsequently transferred to Sir Herbert Baker's office. Forsyth was taken into partnership c.1900 but it was not until 1905 that the firm adopted the style of Parker & Forsyth: during the period of the partnership Parker became the first president of the National Society of Architects and President of the Cape Town Institute of Architects. The practice was hugely successful designing a considerable number of office blocks and churches, together with the Tivoli Theatre and a synagogue.

Parker died in Cape Town on 16 September 1921: the practice was continued by Forsyth.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Cape Town, South AfricaBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Parker19051921Partner 
Item 2 of 2Alexander Forsyth1905After 1921Partner 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Seymour, D Picton Victorian buildings in South Africa   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder25 November 1921  Obituary of Parker
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal12 November 1921 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Parker, p24