Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alan John Carruthers
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 August 1915
Bio Notes: Alan John Carruthers was born on 10 August 1915 and studied part-time at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1933 whilst first serving an apprenticeship to Jack Antonio Coia, sole partner of Gillespie Kidd & Coia, and then working as junior assistant to Sir John Burnet, Tait & Lorne. He undertook war service in France, Belgium and Burma, and resumed his training at Glasgow School of Architecture after the war.

He was admitted ARIBA in 1949 and emigrated in the same year, making a study tour of Southern Africa before settling in Bulaweyo, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) as assistant architect in the practice of W E Alexander. He was taken into partnership in the firm of MacGillivray & Son of Umtali in 1950, leaving three years later to commence independent practice in the same town.

Carruthers later moved to Sydney. He was elevated to FRIBA on 6 February 1962. In 1970 he was Liasion Architect with the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

He resigned his RIBA membership in January 1977, by which time he had retired and was living in Queenscliff, New South Wales.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 520, Cathkin Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivatec. 1948  
Item 2 of 522 Cecil Chambers, Main Street, UmtaliPrivate/business(?)1961 *  
Item 3 of 5Sydney, AustraliaBusinessAfter 1961Before 1977 
Item 4 of 5130, Main Street, Umtali, Southern RhodesiaPrivate1962 *  
Item 5 of 5Queenscliff, New South Wales, AustraliaPrivate1977 *  

* 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 4Gillespie Kidd & Coia1933Before 1939Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4(Sir) John Burnet, Tait & LorneAfter 19331939Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4W E Alexander19481950Assistant Architect 
Item 4 of 4MacGillivray & Son19501953Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no9969; F no5551 (combined box 86)