Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Wilson Spreull
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 January 1911
Died: 29 December 1995
Bio Notes: David Wilson Spreull was born on 25 January 1911, the son of Andrew Spreull, veterinary surgeon, and his wife, Euphemia Moncue Andrew. He was apprenticed in the office of Thoms & Wilkie of Dundee from 1928 to 1930. In the latter year he commenced the diploma course at Liverpool School of Architecture. In 1933 he visited France and in the following year travelled in France and Spain before entering the office of Herbert J Rowse of Liverpool. He was awarded his diploma with distinction in June 1935, and quickly became a postgraduate instructor for the course in Civic Design. He was admitted ARIBA on 20 July 1936, his proposers being Lionel B Budden, Francis Xavier Velarde and Edward R F Cole. Although he was still based at the Liverpool School of Art at that time, his nomination papers give his private address as 11 Tay Square, Dundee.

From the late 1940s Spreull worked in Kingston, Jamaica. He remained there probably until his retirement in 1965 when he moved back to London. He later returned to Scotland.

David Spreull was a member of the RIBA, not the RIAS. He died on 29 December 1995 at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, He was survived by his widow, Jacqueline Stiven.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Middlefoodie, Dairsie, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1995 
Item 2 of 311, Tay Square, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1936 *  
Item 3 of 332, Stanhope Gardens, London, EnglandPrivate1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Thoms & Wilkie19281930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Herbert J Rowse19341935Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Lionel Bailey Budden20 July 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Edward Robinson Ferdinand Cole20 July 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Francis Xavier Velarde20 July 1936for Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 6087 (combined box 118)