Basic Biographical Details

Name: Morton Angus Mackenzie
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 December 1913
Died: 1964
Bio Notes: Morton Angus Mackenzie was born in Glasgow on 2 December 1913 but his training and career took place outside Scotland. He attended the Northern Polytechnic School of Architecture in London as a day student from September 1931 to September 1934, continuing as an evening student for a further year whilst working in the office of Marshall & Tweedy. In September 1935 he joined Clifford Strange of 31 Upper Montagu Street as assistant, and in September 1936 moved to the office of Gunton & Gunton. Whilst there, he worked on the Chase National Bank and other City offices as well as large blocks of flats, and spent some time in the firm's Liverpool office working on the new Exchange Buildings in that city. He left London 'for domestic reasons' in January 1938, finding employment in the office of Robert George Roberts, Newcastle City Architect.

Mackenzie was commissioned in the Durham Light Infantry TA and was called up for active war service in August 1939. He was invalided out in September 1940, and the following month returned to Roberts's office. In June 1942 he was seconded to the Ministry of Works as architect and technical assistant to the Emergency Works and Recovery Office in Newcastle. He was still in that post when he was admitted LRIBA on 14 November 1944, his proposers being Roberts, Ralph Henry Morton and William Henry Gunton. Gunton wrote in his supporting statement: 'He proved himself a capable assistant, a neat & careful draughtsman and was developing very well when he had to leave to go North.'

Mackenzie's activities over the following few years are not known, but he succeeded to the practice of J H Morton & Son in 1949, taking over from Ralph Henry Morton.

Mackenzie died in South Shields aged 50 in 1964, his death being registered between July and September of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 178, Holly Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate1944 *  

* 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 7Marshall & Tweedy19341935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Clifford Strange19351936Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Gunton & Gunton1936January 1938Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Newcastle City Architect's OfficeJanuary 1938August 1939Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Robert George RobertsJanuary 1938August 1939Assistant 
Item 6 of 7H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)June 1942After 1944ArchitectArchitect and Technical Assistant to Emergency Works & Recovery Office, Newcastle
Item 7 of 7J H Morton & Son1949 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Henry Gunton14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Ralph Henry Morton14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Robert George Roberts14 November 1944for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5655 (combined box 93)