Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Bannerman
Designation: Architect
Born: 3 June 1914
Died: c. 1960(?)
Bio Notes: John Bannerman was born in Edinburgh on 3 June 1914, the son of Joseph Gordon McKay Bannerman, surveyor, and his wife Margaret Haggart. He attended evening classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College for five years from June 1931 whilst receiving practical training in unspecified offices. He took day classes for a further two years, otaining his diploma in June 1938 and passing the qualifying exam in Edinburgh in January 1939. He was admitted ARIBA on 12 December 1939, his proposers being John Jerdan, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and Frank Charles Mears. At the time of his application for admittance in the previous August, he was working for the British Aluminium Company at 9 Rosebery Crescent, Edinburgh.

By 1950 Bannerman was working for the Public Works Department in Pretoria, South Africa. He was registered with the South African Institute of Architects in 1951, later becoming a member of the Transvaal Institute. In 1959 he was recorded as a salaried member, meaning he was an employee rather than working on his own account. He is not listed in 1960 and it must be assumed that he died about that date. However he must have returned to the Public Works Department as he is recorded as working there in 1969.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 45, Blinkbonny Terrace, Blackhall, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 2 of 4The British Aluminium Company Ltd/9, Rosebery Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  
Item 3 of 4Public Works Department, Pretoria, South AfricaBusiness1950 *After 1957 
Item 4 of 4231, William Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South AfricaPrivate1959  

* 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 1British Aluminium Company Architects Department1939 *  In Edinburgh office

* 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 3John Jerdan12 December 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan12 December 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears12 December 1939for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3South African Institute of Architects1959South African Institute of Architects Year Book  Courtesy of Roger Fisher August 2010
Item 3 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7279 (combined box 182)