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ROBERTS, Hubert Luscombe

Born: 1896 01 27
Died: 1961 11


Reg No: 338
Year registered: 1927

FRIBA 1948

Was born in Johannesburg and educated at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown. He was the son of Hubert John Roberts, 'late Imperial Government auditor' (South African Who's Who 1931-32). He was articled to BAKER & KENDALL in Cape Town in 1914 and also studied on his own, attending the local Art School in Cape Town (probably the Michaelis). Later he attended classes in architecture organised by the Cape Institute of Architects. During his articles he enlisted and went on active service, serving with the 5th SA Infantry in German East Africa as a corporal. He completed his articles after the First World War and became a member of the Cape Institute of Architects in 1920. Roberts worked in the office of Baker & Kendall for a total of six years, two of which were taken up by war service. From about 1920 he was employed by FM GLENNIE as an Improver; he was later promoted to chief draughtsman in this office. He married in April 1925 and in 1926 entered practice on his own account in Cape Town. He was in partnership with LL SMALL (cf ROBERTS & SMALL) from 1929 until 1939 when this partnership was dissolved. Roberts continued in practice on his own account in Cape Town; he was elected President of the Cape provincial Institute of Architects in 1940 and was nominated a Fellow of the RIBA by the RIBA Council in 1948. by 1959 he is recorded as principal of ROBERTS, SCHOLTEN, LEE and DEKKER. By 1969 the partnership was styled ROBERTS, SCHOLTEN and LEE. He died at Fish Hoek in the Cape.

The photograph of HL ROBERTS was sent to us by his granddaughter Dot Pierce-Jones.

(AB&E Feb 1926:21; FRIBA nom papers (1948) 4348; ISAA mem list; SA Archt Aug 1940:180 port; SAWW 1931-32)

Publ:The Cape Provincial Institute of Architects, SAAR Mar 1941:127-30

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing ROBERTS

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 96, 190

Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pp 108 item 50.46

SAWW & Donaldson, K (Ed.). 1932. South African Who's Who (Social and Business) 1931-1932 . Cape Town: Ken Donaldson. pp

Walker, Michael. 2010. A Statement In Stone. Cape Town: Privately published by Michael Walker. pp 42