Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hector John Watt Stirling
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 June 1907
Died: 1970
Bio Notes: Hector John Watt Stirling was born on 15 June 1907 and was an apprentice between 1922 to 1927 in the office of Gardner & Gardner-McLean of Glasgow (presumably initially to Alexander Gardner alone as the partnership is not believed to have begun until 1925). Concurrently, from 1922 to 1928, he attended preparatory courses in Building, Construction, Drawing & Design, Mathematics, French and Science at Glasgow Athenaeum and Glasgow School of Art. He remained with the same firm as assistant after completing his apprenticeship whilst embarking on the senior certificate course at the School of Art and Royal Technical College, where he obtained a post-certificate in 1935. In that year he left Gardner & Gardner-McLean and moved to London where he obtained a post as assistant in the London County Council. A year later he moved to Leicester to join Leicester City Surveyor's Department as assistant. He passed the final exam in London in July 1936, after preparatory studies under L Stuart Stanley, and was admitted ARIBA on 19 July 1937, his proposers being Stanley, Frederick Robert Hiorns and another.

By the mid-1940s Stirling had moved to a post in the County Architect's Department in Derby and by 1950 was Deputy City Architect in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 1960 he was City Architect of Plymouth, in which post he remained until about 1970. He died that year, his death being registered between April and June.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 214, Gledstanes Road, London, EnglandPrivateEarly 1937 *  
Item 2 of 226, Byway Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, EnglandPrivateMid 1937 *  

* 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 7Alexander Gardner19221925(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Gardner & Gardner-McLean1925(?)1927Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7Gardner & Gardner-McLean19271935Assistant 
Item 4 of 7London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19351936Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Leicester Corporation1936After 1937AssistantIn the Architect's Department, City Surveyor's Department
Item 6 of 7Newcastle City Architect's Office1950 * Depute Director 
Item 7 of 7Plymouth City Architect's DepartmentBefore 19601970Chief Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Frederick Robert Hiorns19 July 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Leslie Stuart Stanley19 July 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1938The RIBA Kalendar 1938-1939 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1970RIBA 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 no6456 (combined box 140)