Basic Biographical Details

Name: Eugène Bourdon
Designation: Architect
Died: 1 July 1916
Bio Notes: Eugène Bourdon was a Parisian who was educated at the Condorcet Lycee where he received the Bachelier-es-lettres in 1888. He then studied at The Ecole des Beaux-Arts as a pupil of the Atelier Daumet where he obtained the Diploma (ADFG). While at the Ecole he obtained medals in Architecture Decoration and Drawing, culminating in a medal at the 1896 salon. On leaving he secured 'an important government appointment' as one of the officials of the Paris Exhibition of 1900 and worked on the Grand Palais for Charles Girault. He was thereafter in New York working on the elevations and interiors of a skyscraper but information on whom this was for and what else he actually designed is lacking. On his return he was again working for Girault, commencing business on his own account in 1904 but in that same year Bourdon was invited to become Director of Architectural Studies and Professor of Architectural Design in the Glasgow School of Architecture which united the courses at Glasgow School of Art and Royal Technical College: up to that time these had been entirely separate. His teaching had a considerable effect on Glasgow architecture in the 1920s and 1930s. Of him Professor W J Smith wrote that he was 'a brilliant teacher' and 'as a gentleman of France his elegance and broken English fascinated us. He was patient, conscientious and considerate, but not with a design he didn't like or with a student who didn't work. He had a happy nature and was largely instrumental in founding the School of Architecture Club to provide for the lighter side of life'.

Bourdon rejoined the French army for several weeks' service each summer. He obtained leave of absence to become a regular soldier in the French army when war was declared, reaching the rank of staff captain in the 78th Brigade. He was twice mentioned in Army Orders and was awarded the Croix de la Legion d'Honneur, the Croix de Guerre and the British Military Cross. He was killed at the Battle of the Somme on the evening of 1 July 1916, before a recommendation for the rank of Chef de Bataillon could be implemented.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Stamp, Gavin2004An Architect of the Entente Cordiale: Eugène Bourdon (1870-1916) - Glasgow and Versailles Architectural Heritage XV, Journal of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, pp80-116 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College MagMarch 1911v3, no6  
Item 2 of 3RIAS QuarterlyFebruary 195599Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) 
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal26 August 1916v23London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p306-307 (by H F Stockdale, Director of Royal Technical College)