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CHAPMAN, Alexander Lawrence

Born: 1881 02 22
Died: 1935 09 12


Year registered: 1927


Born in Scotland and educated at Montrose Academy and the Technical College in Montrose, Chapman was a probationer of the RIBA about 1898. He was articled to D Wishart, Galloway from 1897 with whom he remained until 1901 when he entered the office of JH Langlands in Dundee as an assistant, later in full charge of the office. After a few months in this office he left for South Africa, arriving in 1902. In South Africa Chapman worked first for MILNE & SLADDIN in Cape Town before he joined the staff of the Cape Government Railways, working as an assistant to DA McCUBBIN and taking a special course in the treatment of structures at the South African College, Cape Town in 1905. He transferred to Johannesburg at Union to join the SOUTH AFRICAN RAILWAYS AND HARBOURS staff in Johannesburg. In 1914 he followed a course in the design of reinforced concrete structures at the Transvaal University College, Johannesburg. He was promoted to acting assistant architect in 1924 in which post he remained until his death in Johannesburg, having become a Licentiate member of the RIBA in 1931.

There is also a listing of this practitioner on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects

(ISAA mem list; LRIBA nom papers (1931) 3821; SAAR Aug 1935:265 obit; TAD MHG 90035)

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.