Basic Biographical Details

Name: Colin William Glendinning
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 July 1908
Died: 22 March 1984
Bio Notes: Colin William Glendinning was born on 22 July 1908, the son of Andrew Glendinning, schoolteacher, and his wife Jane Guild. He was educated at Edinburgh Royal High School. He was articled to Joseph Marr Johnston of Leith from 1927, attending classes at Edinburgh College of Art. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1932 he joined J D Cairns & Ford as improver, later assistant. During his time in that office he made visits to Denmark, France and Italy to study architecture.

In 1936 he moved to London and took up a post in the Air Ministry Directorate of Works, where he was engaged on the preparation of working drawings for RAF airfields. He spent two-and-a-half years in Iraq, from 1937 to 1940, designing and supervising the construction of RAF buildings at Habbaniya and Bahrein Island, before returning to the Air Ministry in London. He was still in the latter office when he was admitted LRIBA on 19 June 1945, his proposers being Alfred Forrester, Arthur F C Bentley and Paul Badcock.

In about 1960 he spent some time working for the Public Works Department in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia.

Glendinning's RIBA membership was terminated in December 1974 after he ceased to pay the subscription fees.

Glendinning died on 22 March 1984 at the Deaconess Hospital in Edinburgh. His wife, Ann Harrington Dawyer, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 343, Riverside Walk, Isleworth, Middlesex, EnglandPrivate1945 *  
Item 2 of 3PO Box 137, Public Works Department, Lusaka, Northern RhodesiaPrivate/businessAfter 1960  
Item 3 of 388, Warrender Park Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 19651984 

* 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 4Joseph Marr Johnston19271932Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4J D Cairns & Ford19321936Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department19361937Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department1940After 1945Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Paul Badcock19 June 1945for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Fred Collins Bentley19 June 1945for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Forrester19 June 1945for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 8After 1927Caretaker's cottage  Edinburgh?Scotland 
Item 2 of 8After 1927Edinburgh College of Domestic Science, 1-2 Drumsheugh Gardens  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 8After 1927House, Oxgangs Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 8After 1927Nurses' cottage  Edinburgh?Scotland 
Item 5 of 8After 1927Road widening, Comiston Estate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 81934College of Domestic Science  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Cairns &Ford, additions and reconstruction.
Item 7 of 81935DunalistairColinton EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions - as assistant to J D Cairns & Ford
Item 8 of 8After 1937Officers' mess and quarters    Presumably whilst working in the Air Ministry


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5757 (combined box 98)