John William Simpson
Background and early lifeEdit
He was educated privately and articled to his father in 1875, but later attended the Royal Academy Schools.
Simpson became an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1882. He was in partnership with M. P. Manning from 1881 to 1884 and subsequently with E. J. Milner Allen, specializing in public buildings.
He was an active member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, rising to be its President, and of a number of architectural associations in other countries. He also wrote books and articles on architecture.
He never married, and died at home in West Hill, Highgate, Middlesex, on 30 March 1933.
- Introduction to Sir Lawrence Weaver's Architectural Copyright (1911)
- Essays and Memorials (1923)
- Paris Rosemary (1927)
- Some Account of the Old Hall of Lincoln's Inn (1928)
- The Architecture of the Renaissance in France by W. H. Ward (second edition, ed. J. W. Simpson, 1926)
Simpson wrote many professional papers on architecture and town planning. He edited the periodical The Book of Book-Plates between 1900 and 1903.
Memberships and appointmentsEdit
- Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1900
- President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1919
- Gold medal of the Société des Artistes Français, 1922
- President of the Union Franco-Britannique des Architectes, 1922
- Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1924
- Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur
- Wembley Stadium (with Maxwell Ayrton)
- Victoria Institute, Worcester (1896) (collaboration)
- Offices of the Crown Agents for the Colonies at 4 Millbank (1914–16)
- West Downs School, Winchester (1897–98)
- Roedean School (1898–99, 1906, 1908, 1911)
- New school buildings at Gresham's School (completed 1903)
- Restoration of the Old Hall of Lincoln's Inn, London
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (with E.J. Milner Allen)
- New buildings for Lancing College
- New buildings for Haileybury College (now called Haileybury and Imperial Service College)
- Queen Victoria memorial at Bradford
- Royal Sussex Regiment memorial at Regency Square, Brighton
- Onslow Ford memorial in St John's Wood
- Cartwright Memorial Hall at Bradford
- Brighton War Memorial, Old Steine, Brighton
- Palace of Industry, Palace of Engineering and Stadium at British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, 1924 (with Maxwell Ayrton)
- Grafton Street Hospital, Liverpool (collaboration)
- National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, Queen Square, London (collaboration)
- Glasgow Art Galleries for the Corporation of Glasgow (collaboration)
- Sir J W Simpson & E J Milner Allen at glasgowsculpture.com, accessed 4 February 2008
- Ormrod Maxwell Ayrton at scottisharchitects.org.uk, accessed 4 February 2009
- The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year (1934), p. 114
- King, Anthony (2004). Spaces of Global Cultures: Architecture, Urbanism, Identity. Routledge. ISBN 9781134644452.
- Simpson, Sir John William (1858–1933), architect by W. G. Allen and John Elliott in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)
- Sir John William Simpson by R. Unwinetal, RIBA Journal, volume 40 (1932–33), pages 514–15 and 517
- The Builder, volume 144 (1933), pages 568-573 and 614
- Obituary, The Times, 1 April 1933