Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Maitland
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 April 1906
Died: 1961
Bio Notes: James Maitland was born on 19 April 1906, the son of James Maitland, journeyman engine fitter, and his wife Mary Pettigrew Jackson. It is not yet known if he was related to James Steel Maitland. The younger James Maitland was articled to Thomas Graham Abercrombie's firm in September 1921, remaining as assistant after completing his apprenticeship. He studied at the Paisley Technical College and School of Art and, from 1923, at Glasgow School of Architecture. From April to September 1927 he worked as assistant to Cullen, Lochhead & Brown in Glasgow, moving thereafter to the office of James Taylor. He passed the qualifying exam in Edinburgh in 1930 and was admitted ARIBA early the following year, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and Edward Grigg Wylie. In the same year he was promoted by Taylor to the role of chief assistant.

He served with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War and on his return in 1946 set up practice on his own account at 18 St Thomas Street, London. He was admitted FRIBA in early 1955, at which time he was still practising in London and living in Kent. He joined the practice of Stock Page & Stock of London before 1960. He is not listed in the RIBA Directory of 1970. He would appear to have died in Bromley in Kent in late 1961, his death being registered between October and December of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 326, King Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 399, Arkleston Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 318, St Thomas Street, London, EnglandBusiness1946After 1955 

* 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 6Thomas Graham AbercrombieSeptember 19211923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Abercrombie & Maitland1923c. 1926Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Abercrombie & Maitlandc. 1926April 1927Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Cullen, Lochhead & BrownApril 1927September 1927Assistant 
Item 5 of 6James TaylorApril 19271931Assistant 
Item 6 of 6James Taylor19311941Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold HughesEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Professor) William James SmithEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Edward Grigg WylieEarly 1931for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4643 (combined box 26); F no4963 (combined box 47)