Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Roxburgh Smith |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||10 August 1881 |
|Died: ||1975 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Roxburgh Smith (generally known as J Roxburgh Smith) was born on 10 August 1881 and articled to Clarke & Bell, Glasgow in 1899, remaining as an assistant until 1904. During that period he attended classes at Glasgow School of Art under Professor Alexander McGibbon. |
In 1904 he emigrated to Canada as assistant to E & W S Maxwell in Montreal. Whilst there he assisted with both the establishment of the Montreal Sketching Club and the Maxwell Atelier. He was admitted LRIBA on 22 April 1912, his proposers being George Allen Ross and Thomas McLaren of Montreal, and Alexander McGibbon. In 1912 he left Montreal and enrolled at the Atelier Hebrard in Paris where he remained for six months, spending the remainder of the year travelling in Europe. He returned to E & W S Maxwell's office in 1912 but left them again the following year to work for H E Prindle on Quebec Station, moving again in 1915 to join Toronto Terminal Architects and work on Toronto Union Station.
In 1917 he entered the office of James Cecil McDougall who had also been an assistant in the Maxwell practice. He passed the qualifying exam in 1920, and commenced independent practice the following year, continuing to assist McDougall at various intervals. In 1941 he was elected President of the Province of Quebec Association of Architects. He entered into partnership with McDougall and an unidentified architect named Fleming in 1946, the partnership continuing at least until 1951, in which year the RIBA Council elected him FRIBA on 6 March.
Smith died in 1975.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|235, Durocher, Outremont, Montreal, Canada||Private||1912 *|| || |
|1235, McGill College Avenue, Montreal, Canada||Business||1951 *|| || |
|3453, Peel Street, Montreal, Canada||Private||1951 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|Alexander McGibbon||22 April 1912||for Licentiateship|
|Thomas McLaren||22 April 1912||for Licentiateship|
|RIBA Council||6 March 1951||for Fellowship|
|George Allen Ross||22 April 1912||for Licentiateship|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/|| ||http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/|| || ||Accessed July 2010|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Journal of the Royal Architectural Inst of Canada||January 1942||v19, no1|| || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Information per Holly Kinnear|
|Province of Quebec Association of Architects||Province of Quebec Association of Architects Files|| ||Files - member no 111|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v23 no1813; F no4596 (combined box 23)|