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Dictionary of
Scottish Architects

1840-1980
Portrait of J Honeyman Portrait of D MacGibbon Portrait of Sir R R Anderson 

Site Statistics

Since 26/7/2008

Most requested biographies:

  1. (Sir) John James Burnet
  2. Gillespie & Scott
  3. (Sir) Robert Stodart Lorimer
  4. James Ross Gillespie
  5. James Scott

Total biography items: 15568

Most requested buildings:

  1. Scottish Office buildings [Calton Hill]
  2. Halleaths [Lochmaben]
  3. Balcarres House [Colinsburgh]
  4. Glasgow Municipal Buildings [Glasgow]
  5. Ayrshire Lunatic Asylum [Ayr]

Total building items: 59091

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Welcome to the Dictionary of Scottish Architects

The Dictionary of Scottish Architects (DSA) is a database providing biographical information and job lists for all architects known to have worked in Scotland during the period 1840-1980, whether as principals, assistants or apprentices.

The resource is searchable by name or location of architect, practice, or building, as well as by client. Architects based in Scotland have their known works fully catalogued; but only the Scottish works of English and Irish architects have been included. The Dictionary is currently being extended to cover up to 1980 and the entries for many architects who practised after World War II are skeletons only. These will gradually be filled out over the next three years. The works of architects who trained in Scotland but practised in England, Wales, the Dominions and the USA have not been comprehensively catalogued because of time and cost constraints.

The DSA does not claim to be definitive and it does not make value judgements. Its purpose has been to assemble all known published data and personal recollections in a searchable form, to eliminate the drudgery of blind searches and provide a quick key to further research. It is, and hopefully will remain, an ongoing project and it is hoped that users will report new finds and any errors there may be, together with the relevant references, for the mutual benefit of users, both now and in the future.

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