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Shaw was born in Edinburgh, where he studied architecture. He went on to work for William Burn, an Edinburgh architect with a London office. In 1858 he went to work for G. E. Street , and in 1863 he went into partnership with W. E. Nesfield . He worked, among others, for the artist, John Calcott Horsley , and the industrialist, Lord Armstrong. He designed large houses such as Cragside and Grim's Dyke , as well as a series of commercial buildings in a wide range of styles.
Shaw was elected to the Royal Academy in 1877, and co-edited the 1892 collection of essays, Architecture, a profession or an Art? He firmly believed it was an art. In later years, Shaw moved to a heavier classical style which influenced the emerging Edwardian Classicism of the early 20th century. Shaw died in London, where he had designed residential buildings in areas such as Pont Street , and public buildings such as Scotland Yard.
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