Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Murray Easton
Designation: Architect
Born: 1889
Died: c. August 1975
Bio Notes: John Murray Easton was born in 1889 and articled to George Bennett Mitchell of Aberdeen in August 1905, studying at Robert Gordon's Technical College. In 1912 he spent six months in France before moving to London, where he attended classes at University College School of Architecture under Professor Simpson. Over the following two years, whilst pursuing his studies, he assisted in the office of Granville Edward Stewart Streatfeild, Collcutt & Hamp, Raymond Unwin, and Wimperis & Simpson. His FRIBA nomination papers show a gap in his career from 1914 to 1916, suggesting that he volunteered for war service but was invalided home, as in the latter year he returned to Wimperis & Simpson. He remained with them until 1919 when he commenced practice as a principal in partnership with Howard Morley Robertson at 168 Regent Street, London. He passed the qualifying exam in July 1921 and was admitted ARIBA later that year, his proposers being Edmund Walter Wimperis, William Begg Simpson and Horace Cowley Nesham Farquharson.

He served as architectural editor of 'Building News' in 1924 and 1925 and wrote many articles for this and other journals, including two on the Stockholm Town Hall in 1924 for 'Architectural Review' and 'Architecture'. He was elected FRIBA on 14 February 1927, his proposers being Stanley Hinge Hamp, Thomas Smith Tait and Robertson, with whom he was still in partnership, their office now being at 36 Bedford Square.

He died in 1975.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3168, Regent Street, London, EnglandBusiness1919After 1921 
Item 2 of 337, Tavistock Square, London, EnglandPrivate1921 *  
Item 3 of 336, Bedford Square, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1927 *  

* 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 9Easton Robertson Cusdin Preston & Smith  Partner 
Item 2 of 9Easton, Robertson, Preston & Partners  Partner 
Item 3 of 9George Bennett MitchellAugust 19051911Apprentice 
Item 4 of 9Granville Edward Stewart Streatfeild1912Before 1914Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Collcutt & HampAfter 1912Before 1914Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Raymond UnwinAfter 1912Before 1914Assistant 
Item 7 of 9Wimperis & SimpsonAfter 19121919AssistantWith the exception of 1914-16, presumably spent on war service
Item 8 of 9Easton & Robertson1919After 1926Partner 
Item 9 of 9Stanley Hall, Easton & Robertson1936 * Partner 

* 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 6Horace Cowley Nesham FarquharsonLate 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Stanley Hinge Hamp14 February 1927for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6(Sir) Howard Morley Robertson14 February 1927for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6William Begg SimpsonLate 1921for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Thomas Smith Tait14 February 1927for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Edmund Walter WimperisLate 1921for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Ludovic Gordon Farquhar12 December 1939for Fellowship
Item 2 of 5Robert Gillespie Meldrum6 March 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 5Frederick William Meston16 February 1943for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 5Betty Lydia Chetwynd Moira (née Leech)11 March 1935For Associateship
Item 5 of 5Stuart Veitch Smith18 April 1944for Fellowship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architects Journal3 September 1975v162 p451
Item 2 of 3Building29 August 1975v229 p30
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal1975v82London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp6

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 no3304 (microfilm reel 26); F no2457 (box 7)