Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||William Alexander Davidson |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||c. 1888 |
|Died: ||17 May 1951 |
|Bio Notes: ||William Alexander (mistakenly Arthur in RIBA obituary) Davidson was articled to Brown & Watt in Aberdeen from 1905 and studied at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College. He remained with the same firm as assistant after completing his apprenticeship, moving to the office of William John Devlin in February 1912. After only five months in that office he left to take up a position with the North of Scotland Railway Company, moving again in June 1914 to join Jenkins & Marr as chief assistant. |
He left Jenkins & Marr for unknown reasons in March 1916 but returned after the First World War in February 1919 and continued his studies at Robert Gordon's College, receiving his diploma on 30 June 1920. He was admitted ARIBA early the following year, his proposers being Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, John Alexander Ogg Allan and George Watt. He was also an Associate of the Aberdeen Society of Architects.
In 1930 his address was 19 Brimmond Place, Balnagask, Torry, Aberdeenshire. He was taken into partnership by Harbourne Maclennan, sole remaining partner of Jenkins & Marr, in 1935. In his obituary several works are ascribed to him as 'principal works' which he must have been involved with as an assistant rather than as partner, amongst which are housing schemes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire (precise locations not specified).
Davidson died on 17 May 1951, aged sixty-three.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|31, Hartington Road, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private||1921 *|| || |
|19, Brimmond Place, Balnagask, Torry, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1930 or 1931 *|| || |
|Morefield, Richmondhill Gardens, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private/business(?)||c. 1939 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||p508|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIBA Journal||February 1952|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||Obituary p150|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no3205 (microfilm reel 25)|