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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Campbell Dickie
Designation: Architect
Born: 1868
Died: 3 September 1941
Bio Notes: Archibald Campbell Dickie was born in Dundee in 1868, the son of Charles Dickie. He was educated privately and spent some time studying at the Architectural Association Schools. He was apprenticed to John Carver's Forfar office in 1885 and remained as assistant, the practice being then Carver & Symon, until 1893 when he went to London and joined first the office of Beeston & Burmester and secondly that of Frederick Hall-Jones for experience. He also served as senior assistant in the office of J J Stevenson. During that period he worked either for or with Stanley D Adshead and with John Anderson from Marshall Mackenzie's office on competitions, but without success.

Dickie was one of the five original day students at the Architectural Association in Great Marlborough Street and passed the qualifying exam in 1894, being elected ARIBA on 11 March 1895, his proposers being Herbert Duncan Searles-Wood, a prominent member of the Architectural Association, Frederick Richard Farrow and Samuel Flint Clarkson.

In 1894 Dickie was appointed architect to the Palestine Exploration Expedition Fund where he worked under the supervision of Masterman and Bliss and remained until 1897. In the course of that work the Church of the Pool of Siloam and the Madebe mosaic were discovered. In 1898 he and Bliss, with whom he worked closely, published 'Excavations in Jerusalem 1894-97'. His work on the early churches of Palestine and Syria generally and on The Great Mosque at Damascus was subsequently summarised in R Phené Spiers 'Architecture East and West' 1905. On his return he joined the office of Arthur Beresford Pite and may have had some influence on that architect's transition from Italian Mannerist to neo-Greek at that time. While with Pite he maintained his interest in archaeology and worked with R C Bosanquet on the excavations at Borcoviens on the Roman Wall. From Pite's office he entered the office of Dunn & Watson at Bedford Row, Bloomsbury c.1898, taking on as assistant Alexander Symon, the son of Archibald Symon, his employer in Forfar, in 1899. The arrangement with the Dunn & Watson practice was described by Theodore Fyfe as sharing an office rather than an actual partnership. Commissions were few and he was soon glad to accept a mastership for evening work under Hugh Patrick Guario Maule, a friend from his days in J J Stevenson's office, at the Architectural Association. Shortly thereafter he gave up his association with Dunn & Watson and formed a partnership with Claude Kelly, master of design at the Architectural Association. This lasted until 1911 when Dickie was appointed Professor of Architecture at Victoria University of Manchester in succession to Capper. He remained there until his retirement in 1933. According to Theodore Fyfe, 'Dickie was a born teacher, knowing what he wanted and doing it thoroughly and well; in the process making himself immensely popular with students, helpers and colleagues. At the same time his sanity and soundness were apparent in the counsels of the Board of Architectural Education and its schools Committee.'

He retained his interest in archaeology throughout his life being a member of the Palestine Exploration Fund executive committee from 1906 until his death and was its secretary, 1910-12, and being involved with the British School at Athens.

Dickie was married to Mary Reich and the couple had one daughter. He retired to a life in the country at Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire and died on 3 September 1941. He was remembered by Fyfe as 'a most loveable character, brimful of a warm-hearted humour' and 'universally popular'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 432, Gibson Square, London, EnglandPrivate1895 *  
Item 2 of 4446, Oxford Street, London, EnglandBusiness1905 *  
Item 3 of 4The University, Manchester, EnglandBusiness19121933Professor of Architecture
Item 4 of 4 Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, EnglandPrivateAfter 1933(?) In retirement

* 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 7Carver & Symon18851893ApprenticeIn the Forfar office
Item 2 of 7Beeston & Burmester1893Before 1894Assistant 
Item 3 of 7John James StevensonAfter 18931894(?)Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Frederick Hall-JonesAfter 1893Before 1894Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Arthur Beresford Pite1897c. 1898Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 7Dunn & Watsonc. 18981904Senior AssistantSenior Assistant/Partner
Item 7 of 7Kelly & Dickie19051911Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander Symon18991899Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Samuel Flint Clarkson11 March 1895for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Frederic Richard Farrow11 March 1895for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Herbert Duncan Searles-Wood11 March 1895for Associateship

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 61903South Herts Golf Club HouseBarnet HertfordshireEnglandExhibited at RA 1903
Item 2 of 61909Mission HospitalHebron  Palestine 
Item 3 of 61911Church of St SaviourLewisham LondonEngland 
Item 4 of 6Before 1912Memorial ChurchPetersham SurreyEnglandInterior decoration
Item 5 of 6Before 1912R C ChurchClapham LondonEngland 
Item 6 of 6Before 1926House  The HagueHolland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Gray, A Stuart1985Edwardian Architecture: A Biographical Dictionary  p164
Item 2 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1926   p91

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Architect and Building News14 July 1933   
Item 2 of 5Architects Journal11 September 1941  Obituary
Item 3 of 5Builder12 September 1941   
Item 4 of 5RIBA JournalNovember 1941 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsAppreciation by Theodore Fyfe p10
Item 5 of 5Scotsman6 September 1941  Obituary p4

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v13 p24 (microfiche 59/C2)


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