STARK, James Robert (1870-1959), architect. ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION SCHOOL MEDAL. Bronze prize medal with central motif "AA" engraved on the reverse "PRESENTED TO J.R.Stark 1892". 56 mm EF. In its original Wyon leather case, the exterior rather worn and scuffed, but the interior fine.
James Robert Stark was born in Poplar, East London in 1870, the son of a Scottish house carpenter William Stark and his wife Sarah. In 1887 he was articled to the architect John Thomas Bressey and from 1891 to 1895 while working as an assistant to Bressey and Walters in London, he studied at the AA where he was awarded this prize medal. In 1895 he joined the London County Council to work in the ‘Housing for the Working Classes’ Division, designing the social architecture of LCC tenement blocks and early cottage estates. He was recommended as a candidate for licentiate membership of the RIBA in 1911 by Leonard Stokes, W.E.Riley and Halsey Ricardo, and remained with the LCC up to his retirement in 1934.
The Architectural Association (the AA) was founded in 1847, and the AA School of Architecture was established in 1890. This is a rare medal awarded to an accomplished young architect in the early years of the AA School's foundation.