Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Corbett Barrie
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 December 1890
Died: 26 July 1966
Bio Notes: Alexander Corbett Barrie was born on 19 December 1890, the son of George May Barrie, wine and spirit merchant, and his wife Mary Corbett. He was apprenticed to James Lowe from July 1908 until 1913, taking classes at Dundee Technical College. Lowe took Barrie into partnership shortly before his death in November 1922, along with his son Robert William Lowe; the two continued the practice thereafter, with Barrie as senior partner. The firm is generally referred to as Lowe & Barrie but appears also to have been known as James Lowe & Co.

Barrie was admitted LRIBA in late 1930 or early 1931, his proposers being Patrick Hill Thoms, William Salmond and the then secretary of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

Lowe and Barrie were primarily civil engineers. Like W B D Keith they called on Vernon Constable when sophisticated work was required, as at the alterations to A & S Henry's and the Masonic Hall, Tullideph Road, both in Dundee.

Barrie died at home on 26 July 1966, survived by his wife Margaret Robertson Aitken.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 26, Arnhall Gardens, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate 1966 
Item 2 of 2104, Commercial Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1922After 1950 

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 3James LoweJuly 19081913Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Lowe1913Before 1922Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Lowe & Barrie1922After 1936Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William Salmond1930 or 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Patrick Hill Thoms1930 or 1931for 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 121029Premises, West Wynd  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 121911The Victoria Road Calender  DundeeScotlandNew doorway, marble staircase and office suite - as assistant to James Lowe
Item 3 of 121922Craigie Garden Suburb  DundeeScotlandDesigned housing
Item 4 of 121929Powrie Warehouse, Seagate   DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 121929Premises Millar's Wynd  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 121929Sheds, Hawkhill  DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 12c. 1929Albert Masonic HallLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 121933Villa, Strips of Craigie  DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 121934Villas and bungalowsBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 121934Villas and bungalowsCoupar Angus PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 121935Royal British Hotel  DundeeScotlandExtensions
Item 12 of 121936Arnhall Gardens  DundeeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 L no3573 (box 13)