Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Margaret Johnston James |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||23 February 1910 |
|Died: ||17 June 1993 |
|Bio Notes: ||Margaret Johnston James was born on 23 February 1910, the daughter of Robert Hood James, solicitor, and his wife Margaret Goldie James. He attended day classes at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg from 1928 to 1930 and from 1931 to 1933, spending the interim period in an inspecified architect's office. She was admitted ARIBA on 5 March 1934, her proposers being Begg, Burnett Napier Henderson Orphoot and William Theodore Percival Bryce, which suggests that her office experience may have been in the practice of Orphoot, Whiting & Bryce. Her nomination papers give a business and private address of 25 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh. |
It is not clear if she continued to practice after her marriage to Gordon Douglas Aitchison, a store manager.
She died on 17 June 1993 at the Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh aged 83. Her husband had predeceased her.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|2/34, Croft-an-Righ, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private|| ||1993|| |
|25, Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private/business||1934 *|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Orphoot, Whiting & Bryce||July 1930(?)||July 1931(?)||Apprentice(?)||The location of her office training is unknown but her proposers for RIBA membership suggest this firm.|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no5378 (combined box 75)|