Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Moir Gibson
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 December 1881
Bio Notes: Robert Moir Gibson was born in Aberdeen on 23 September 1881, the son of Robert H Gibson, jeweller's manager and his wife Ann, and was articled to Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon of Aberdeen from 1897, attending classes at an unspecified institution. He remained as assistant to Mackinnon until 1903 when he moved to London, entering the office of Paxton Hood Watson. After five years he moved to the office of George Thrale Jell, for whom he was still working as chief assistant when he was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being John Anderson, Jell and Alfred Cox.

In 1911 he was boarding with a family called Vilven in Islington. His younger brother, William McGregor Gibson also an architect was a lodger with the family as was another Aberdeen born architect Alexander Forbes Simpson. Simpson's younger brother, James Hynd Simpson was also a lodger although he is described as a clerk.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 220, Sotheby Road, Islington, London, EnglandPrivate1911  
Item 2 of 215, Avondale Road, Palmers Green, London, EnglandPrivate1912 *  

* 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 4Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon18971902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon19021903Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Paxton Hood Watson19031908Assistant 
Item 4 of 4George Thrale Jell1908After 1912Chief AssistantMay have initially been simply an assistant, but was chief assistant by 1912


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Anderson24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alfred Cox24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Thrale Jell24 June 1912for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 31896Central Fire Station  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice to A H L Mackinnon
Item 2 of 31897Unionist Clubhouse and Hall  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to A H L Mackinnon
Item 3 of 31900Mile End Public School  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice to A H L Mackinnon


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 L v24 no1936