(1836–1917). English architect. He was articled to Dobson and worked in ‘Great’ Scott's office before setting up on his own. He was appointed Architect to the London School Board in 1870, and worked in partnership with J. J. Stevenson from 1871 until 1876. Robson's designs for schools (1872–89—nearly 300 were built) drew on the brick-built Queen Anne style that Stevenson and others were promoting at the time. So successful were these robustly conceived schools that they gave their name to the London School Board style. Among his works are Berger Road School, Hackney (1878), the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Piccadilly (1881), and the People's Palace, Stepney (1886), all in London. Robson published his influential School Architecture in 1874. In his last years he worked with his son, Philip Appleby Robson.
From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.