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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Hogg Matthew
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 December 1906
Died: 2 June 1975
Bio Notes: CBE, MA, FRIBA

Robert Hogg Matthew was born 12 December 1906, the eldest surviving son of John Fraser Matthew, architect, and his wife, Annie Broadfoot Hogg. His father was the first apprentice of Robert Lorimer and worked in partnership with him from 1927. Robert Hogg was educated at the Edinburgh Institution and studied at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) under John Begg from 1924. During his studies, he toured frequently in Scotland, England, and Italy and won the RIBA Pugin Travelling Scholarship in January of 1929. He obtained his diploma in 1930 and joined his father's firm of Lorimer & Matthew as an assistant in the summer of that year. Matthew was admitted ARIBA in June 1931, his proposers being Begg, Sydney Houghton Miller and Charles Denny Carus-Wilson.

On Christmas day in 1931 Matthew married Lorna Pilcher, to whom he had been engaged for some time. Earlier that year, he had been appointed a part-time instructor at ECA and returned to his studies for a further two years with a postgraduate fellowship at the College. During the early 1930s, while his Lorimer & Matthew and college work brought him little income, Robert’s career hopes were pinned mostly on post-graduate research, and having won the Soane Medal and Cates Prize in 1932, he plunged into a multi-faceted research programme orientated towards the Modernist reformist agenda of research-driven housing and planning.

Although he continued to assist his father on a part-time basis, Robert’s full-time role with Lorimer & Matthew ended in July of 1934 when he won the Andrew Grant Bequest Fellowship (ECA), which paid for a further two years of postgraduate research on housing and planning. During this time, Matthew undertook a Geddes-style survey and redevelopment proposal for the St Leonards area in Edinburgh, which secured him the RIBA Alfred Bossom Travelling Studentship in 1936. By this time, he had also already embarked on a series of entries for public architectural competitions – mostly for municipal headquarters complexes – though none of them had come to fruition.

In May of 1936, Matthew was appointed assistant architect in the Department of Health for Scotland. The Matthews’ first child, (Robert) Aidan Matthew, was born shortly thereafter in July, and their daughter, Janet Frances Catriona Matthew, was born two years later in March of 1939. As a DHS architect, Matthew worked on housing projects at first and then began expanding the work of the architectural staff in the areas of hospital design and town planning. In 1937 he was the organiser of the Town Planning Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy, which he used to advocate the need for Geddes-influenced planning in Edinburgh, and in 1938 he was an official government adviser to the town planning exhibition in the Scottish Pavilion at Glasgow’s Empire Exhibition. Matthew had also entered various competitions with friend Alan Reiach, and in December of 1938, they finally won the Ilkeston Baths competition; however, their design was never executed due to the outbreak of war.

During the war, Matthew’s DHS workload changed dramatically, with his main work between 1939 and 1943 being the design of base and auxiliary hospitals throughout Scotland for the Emergency Hospitals Service. He was also involved in the inspection of housing schemes to be finished off and conversions of schools for ARP and shelter use. From 1943, Matthew became engaged full-time in town and regional planning, being responsible for building up a research-based planning organisation within DHS. In 1943 Matthew was appointed Deputy Chief Architect with sole responsibility for planning, and between 1943 and 1946 he worked on researching and writing the Clyde Plan as deputy to consultant Patrick Abercrombie.

By the end of 1944, Matthew had been appointed Chief Architect at DHS, but occupied the post only briefly, as he was appointed architect to London County Council in May 1946 (LCC biographical volumes give his appointment as starting September 1946) and moved to London in November. Matthew came to the Council's service at the beginning of a period of great development in both constructional and planning work and particularly in the expansion of the school building programme. Although his first task was to repair existing war-damaged schools, under his direction the value of new school schemes rose from £600,000 in 1947-48 to £3.5 million in 1952-53. The changing pattern of the Council's social services brought new responsibilities, such as the design of the first comprehensive health centre in the country at Woodberry Down and the construction of homes for old people and family groups of children in several locations.

Matthew also succeeded in recovering the responsibility for housing design for his department at LCC, and he oversaw projects including the layout of Lansbury in London’s bombed East End as an exhibition for the Festival of Britain. In 1950, the introduction on a large scale of the principle of mixed development meant that he had the further responsibility of laying out wide areas of new housing to fit within the Development Plan of 1951, including, for example, the pioneering point-programme at Roehampton.

However, the outstanding achievement of Matthew's service with the Council is demonstrated in the Royal Festival Hall. For Matthew, the Festival Hall was an opportunity to invent and express a Modern monumentality to celebrate the new social conditions of the postwar age. By incorporating a mixture of Modern design with a traditional grand building type, he ensured that it would be one of the few large Modern Movement buildings to escape the vilifications of the 1970s and 1980s.

During his time at the LCC, Matthew was accorded a number of honours. For his work on the Festival Hall and other work in connection with the Festival of Britain, he was awarded the CBE in 1952. He also gained RIBA Distinction in Town Planning in 1949 and was elected to the RIBA Council in 1950. In 1949, he was appointed to the Committee of the Anglo-American Council of Productivity and in July was sent on an eight-week tour to the USA to investigate why the American industry were able to build faster and more efficiently than the British.

By mid-1951, Matthew had secured himself an unchallengeable position as one of the chief inspirers and brokers of ‘Modern Public Architecture’ in Britain. However, he had never intended to stay away from Edinburgh permanently, and while in London, had maintained an active interest in architectural, town planning and conservation issues in Scotland. By mid-1952, aware of the increasingly waning prestige of public architecture and a shift in focus towards private practice, Matthew had decided to return to Edinburgh as Professor of Architecture and establish his own practice. This decision coincided with the birth of the Matthews' third child, Jessie Ann Matthew, in June of 1952.

When Matthew moved to Edinburgh in 1953, most of his time was initially absorbed by his two posts – Professor of Architecture at Edinburgh University and head of the School of Architecture at ECA. This double-post, however, soon proved impractical, and Matthew found that the ECA degree course needed to be reformed and modernised. His solution was to separate the Edinburgh and ECA posts in 1955 and to focus on establishing a new Department of Architecture at Edinburgh, complete with a new BArch and research March degrees, beginning in 1956. He was elected ARIAS in 1956. In an effort to kick-start his research programme, Matthew managed to attract a £60,000 funding package from the Nuffield Foundation, Carnegie and the Department of Scientific Industrial Research to finance a Housing Research Unit, which was set up in 1959. As the department expanded, Matthew’s prestige soon attracted a stream of international-calibre visiting lecturers, including Nervie, Kahn, Pevsner, McGrath, Max Fry and Mumford.

In his private practice, Matthew started slowly, with a series of competitions and small jobs, some of which were inherited from his father’s practice. His practice soon took off, however, mushrooming into a large and highly-successful firm. Shortly after being admitted FRIBA in 1955, Matthew took Stirrat Johnson-Marshall into partnership in 1956, forming Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM), with one office in Edinburgh and another in London. Although Stirrat was responsible for the London office, Matthew initially maintained a high degree of involvement in both locations, frequently taking the sleeper train from Edinburgh to London. Both offices attracted a prestigious range of mostly large, publicly-funded projects, both in the UK and abroad. The firm would become Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall & Partners in 1961.

Matthew’s strong grounding in Edinburgh Arts and Crafts and Geddesian principles of conservative surgery had a strong influence on his early private practice work, with many of his designs exhibiting a vernacular-inspired Modernism rooted strongly in the use of ‘Scottish’ materials, most notably stone (e.g. Turnhouse Airport). However, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as his practice began to deal increasingly with commissions for large public building complexes, Matthew’s crusade for Scottish Modernism was somewhat sidelined in favour of urban renewal and large-scale developments often incorporating multi-storey design solutions (e.g. New Zealand House, Gorbals/Hutchesontown Area B). However, irrespective of style, Matthew’s work was always imbued with a humanistic sense of social values and a commitment to architecture as a public service.

From the early 1960s, Matthew decisively entered a new phase of life, which coincided with the award of a knighthood on 13 February 1962. Largely casting off day-to-day involvement in RMJM work in the UK and the Edinburgh University department (retiring from the Forbes Professorship and departmental headship in the summer of 1968), Matthew threw himself into a new, intense concentration on architectural ‘diplomatic’ tasks, as well as some completely new challenges, such as a commission to mastermind the re-planning of the devolved state of Northern Ireland. In addition to serving as President of the RIBA (1962-64), Matthew assumed an increasingly global role as an architectural statesman, serving as President of the International Union of Architects (IUA) from 1961 to 1965 (UK representative on the Executive Committee from November 1953 and Vice-President from 1957) and President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects from 1965 and 1969. In these capacities, he travelled extensively and dealt with issues including the need to counteract cold-war tendencies within architecture and decolonisation. From the 1960s, Matthew’s RMJM workload also began to re-orientate itself overseas, with projects including a large-scale master-planning project in Islamabad; the development of a large suburban area of Tripoli in Libya; a commission to design Coleraine University in Northern Ireland; and a multifaceted educational building and planning programme in Nigeria.

The breakdown of faith in Modernist ‘progress’ and mass building required Matthew to adapt his ideology from the late 1960s, promoting a more human and participatory approach to architecture, and becoming increasingly committed to the emerging conservation movement and Scottish nationalism. Despite his sometimes contradictory architectural approaches, Matthew had always been a proponent of conservation, especially in Edinburgh, having been active in a range of heritage organisations, such as the Historic Building Council for Scotland, the Saltire Society and the Royal fine Art Commission for Scotland. He also helped to set up the Scottish Civic Trust in 1965-7 and served as special ‘consultant adviser’ to the Secretary of State on conservation policy matters between 1970 and 1973. Matthew’s conservation efforts culminated in a condition survey of the entire New Town and a conference at the Assembly Rooms in June 1970 which led to the creation of the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee. During the years from the late 1960s, Matthew also became involved with numerous building and environmental conservation initiatives abroad.

Matthew was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1970. In the 1970s, he had very little involvement with the firm, but remained active, undertaking consultancy work, judging architectural competitions and continuing to travel. Matthew never retired. He became ill with cancer while on business in France in December 1974 and died on 21 June 1975, survived by his wife and children.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 343, Minto Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1920After 1931 
Item 2 of 312, Darnaway Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 3Keith Marishchal, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1956 *  

* 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 7Lorimer & MatthewOctober 19291938Assistant 
Item 2 of 7Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)19381943 According to Glendinning et al he was Chief Architect from 1945-46.
Item 3 of 7London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)After 19431953Chief Architect 
Item 4 of 7Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)19561961Partner 
Item 5 of 7Edinburgh University Housing Research Unit (HRU) / Architecture Research Unit (ARU)October 1959 Director 
Item 6 of 7Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)1961 Partner 
Item 7 of 7Commonwealth Association of Architects1964 *1969 President

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 8(Miss) Margaret McLaurin Little (Mrs McDiarmid)December 1953 Assistant 
Item 2 of 8Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenBefore 1953Late 1956Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 8(Professor Sir) James Duncan Dunbar-NasmithApril 19541956Architect 
Item 4 of 8Margaret Brown (Mrs Richards)October 19541956Architect 
Item 5 of 8Graham Couper LawNovember 19541956Architect 
Item 6 of 8Ronald ThurgarlandSeptember 1954 * Architect 
Item 7 of 8James Richard Latimerc. 19551956Architect 
Item 8 of 8Robert ('Bob') Dawsonc. 1955c. 1956Assistant(?) 

* 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 3John BeggMid 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Denny Carus-WilsonMid 1931for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Sydney Houghton MillerMid 1931for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 15Richard Thomas Bigwood16 July 1969For Fellowship
Item 2 of 15Gerald Francis Carroll4 December 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 15Peter Scott Ferguson4 October 1960for Fellowship
Item 4 of 15John Hardie GloverMid 1960 or late 1960for Fellowship
Item 5 of 15Thomas Harley Haddow2 February 1960for Associateship
Item 6 of 15John Buchan Hall5 June 1968for Fellowship
Item 7 of 15Stirrat Andrew William Johnson-MarshallApril 1964For Fellowship
Item 8 of 15Maurice Kenfield1969For Fellowship
Item 9 of 15Alan ReiachEarly 1959for Fellowship
Item 10 of 15John Herdman Reid17 July 1968For Fellowship
Item 11 of 15Andrew Renton4 October 1960for Fellowship
Item 12 of 15(Professor) Charles Calthorpe Robertson5 June 1968For Fellowship
Item 13 of 15Thomas ('Tom') Riddell Spaven14 December 1968For Fellowship
Item 14 of 15(Sir) Harry Anthony Wheeler (or simply Sir Anthony Wheeler)19 July 1967for Fellowship
Item 15 of 15Henry Wylie (or Harry Wylie)2 October 1968For Fellowship

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 111 Housing, BarrhillCumnock AyrshireScotlandIn overall charge
Item 2 of 111 University of Edinburgh, George Square Redevelopment  Edinburgh, MidlothianScotland 
Item 3 of 1111931Earl Haig Memorial HomesSaughton EdinburghScotlandProduced drawings for original buildings - as assistant in firm
Item 4 of 1111931St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Walpole Memorial Hall  EdinburghScotlandAssisted with detailing and supervision.
Item 5 of 1111933Loretto School, War memorialMusselburgh MidlothianScotlandAs assistant in firm
Item 6 of 1111933Lothian House  EdinburghScotlandUnexecuted design - as assistant to Lorimer & Matthew - Proposal for hotel, cinema, garage and shops
Item 7 of 1111933The WheatsheafSaughton EdinburghScotlandWorking in family firm - as assistant in firm
Item 8 of 111April 1933Prestwick Burgh Chambers and Public BathsPrestwick AyrshireScotlandCompetition entry. Robert Matthew responsible with the help of Alan Reiach.
Item 9 of 11119348 Picardy Place  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant in firm.
Item 10 of 1111936House for Dr Kemp Smith  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 1111937House, Kilgraston Road  EdinburghScotlandHS says it is by Robert Hogg Matthew
Item 12 of 1111937Town Planning Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 111c. 1937Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art  DundeeScotlandCompetition entry with Alan Reiach, though not in formal partnership
Item 14 of 1111938Duncan of Jordanstone College, Matthew Building  DundeeScotlandDate of original competition design which included scheme for Matthew Building - not successful. In conjunction with Alan Reiach.
Item 15 of 1111938Ilkeston Baths competition  DerbyshireEnglandWon competition in association with Alan Reiach
Item 16 of 111After 1938Emergency hospitals for Scottish Board of Health   Scotland 
Item 17 of 1111943Clyde Valley Regional Plan   ScotlandDeputy to Abercrombie, as planner for Department of Health for Scotland.
Item 18 of 1111945Swedish Timber Houses   ScotlandAs Chief Architect of the Department of Health for Scotland
Item 19 of 1111948Lansbury neighbourhood  LondonEnglandAs Architect to London County Council
Item 20 of 1111948Royal Festival Hall  LondonEnglandAs Architect to London County Council - with Leslie Martin, Edwin Williams and P Moro
Item 21 of 1111949Health Centre for London County CouncilPoplar LondonEngland 
Item 22 of 1111950sCumnock Redevelopment planCumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 23 of 1111951County of London Development Plan, 1951  LondonEnglandWith A G Ling as Chief Planning Officer
Item 24 of 1111951LCC Comprehensive High School, Putney Park LaneWandsworth LondonEngland 
Item 25 of 1111951Roehampton housing schemeRoehampton LondonEnglandAs Architect to London County Council - with O J Cox, C Lucas, H J Whitfield Lewis et al.
Item 26 of 1111951Temporary and Permanent Shops, London  LondonEngland 
Item 27 of 1118 November 1952Turnhouse Airport  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 1111953Kincardine Power StationKincardine-on-Forth FifeScotland 
Item 29 of 1111953Swinton SchoolSalford Greater ManchesterEngland 
Item 30 of 1111953University of Aberdeen, Crombie Hall of Residence  AberdeenScotland 
Item 31 of 1111954Cashlie Hydro-Electric Power StationGlen Lochay PerthshireScotlandGenerating Station
Item 32 of 1111954Drawings for standardised Crudens primary schools    Matthew commissioned to produce drawings of standardised two-stream primary schools by Crudens
Item 33 of 1111954Lochay (Killin) Power StationGlen Lochay PerthshireScotland 
Item 34 of 1111954Lubreoch Power StationInnerwick, Glen Lyon PerthshireScotlandGenerating station
Item 35 of 1111955Burtons ShopHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 36 of 1111955Edinburgh Royal Infirmary  EdinburghScotlandPhase I - redevelopment
Item 37 of 1111955New Campus for University College Dublin  DublinEire 
Item 38 of 1111955New Zealand House  LondonEnglandWith Maurice Lee at the London office.
Item 39 of 1111955Ninewells Hospital and Medical School  DundeeScotland 
Item 40 of 1111955Ruddington SchoolNottingham NottinghamshireEngland 
Item 41 of 1111956Barshare Housing and comprehensive town planCumnock and Holmhead Burgh AyrshireScotland 
Item 42 of 1111956Firrhill Secondary SchoolFirrhill EdinburghScotland 
Item 43 of 1111956Millbuies HouseGogarbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 44 of 111c. 1956Multi-storey flats, Spey Street  EdinburghScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 45 of 1111957Queen's College  DundeeScotland 
Item 46 of 1111957(?)St John's Boarding School  SingaporeSingapore 
Item 47 of 1111957University of Aberdeen, Masterplan  AberdeenScotland 
Item 48 of 111April 1957Hauptstadt Berlin competition (Robert Matthew's entry)  BerlinGermanySupported by team including Michael Laird, Patrick Nuttgens and John Paterson
Item 49 of 11119588 George Square  EdinburghScotland 
Item 50 of 1111958Botany and Zoology Department, University of St Andrew's, Queen's College  Dundee, AngusScotland 
Item 51 of 1111958Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area B multi-storey flats and housing  GlasgowScotlandActed as design consultant for development of scheme.
Item 52 of 1111959Churchill College, Cambridge UniversityCambridge CambridgeshireEngland 
Item 53 of 1111959Life Assurance Office Development  MontrealCanada 
Item 54 of 11120 November 1959'Air Terminal' Hotel, GorbalsGorbals GlasgowScotlandper Builder p731
Item 55 of 1111960s441 Corporation houses, Springburn CDA Area A Springburn GlasgowScotlandin overall charge
Item 56 of 1111960sAdministrative Sector Plan  IslamabadPakistanAppointed architect-planner or 'Chief Coordinator of the Administrative Sector', with the intention that individual buildings in the sector would be divided up between Matthew and other architects
Item 57 of 1111960sArmed Forces Musem  IslamabadPakistan 
Item 58 of 1111960sGroup of Cultural Buildings for Islamabad Administrative Sector  IslamabadPakistan 
Item 59 of 1111960sTurnhouse Airport  EdinburghScotlandExtensions
Item 60 of 1111960Army and Navy Club House  London Consultant
Item 61 of 1111960Belfast Regional Plan  BelfastNorthern IrelandMatthew's 'made a Geddes-style reconnaissance visit in May 1960..' (Glendinning, 2008, p327)
Item 62 of 1111960College of Nautical Studies  GlasgowScotlandIn overall charge
Item 63 of 1111960Commonwealth Institute  LondonEngland 
Item 64 of 1111960Park 3 West Housing (West View)Cumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 65 of 1111960Semi-rural housing experiment, Cuthill, PrestonpansCuthill, Prestonpans East LothianScotlandProf. Matthew to design housing scheme based on research findings of University team per Builder p810
Item 66 of 11126 February 1960Dumbarton Central Area DevelopmentDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandassessor of design competition per Builder p403
Item 67 of 11126 February 1960Dunbartonshire County Council OfficesDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandCompetition assessor per Builder p403
Item 68 of 11118 March 1960University, Auckland  AucklandNew Zealandconsultant architect for the scheme per Builder p580
Item 69 of 111c. 1960University of Aberdeen, Johnston Hall of Residence  AberdeenScotland 
Item 70 of 1111961Ellor Street Redevelopment, PendletonSalford  EnglandPrepared Master Plan for the comprehensive redevelopment of the area
Item 71 of 1111961University of Glasgow Hall of Residence, Garscube Estate  GlasgowScotlandadjudicated design competition
awarded first place to Grenfell, Baines and Hargreaves of Preston
Item 72 of 1111962Cockenzie Power StationCockenzie East LothianScotlandIn overall charge
Item 73 of 1111962Loretto School ChapelMusselburgh MidlothianScotlandEnlargement which replaced work by Honeyman & Keppie and Matthew. Lorimer furnishings retained.
Item 74 of 1111962Pilgrim Street development  Newcastle-upon-TyneEnglandIn overall charge
Item 75 of 1111962Schemes for Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee  EdinburghScotlandMatthew acted as a catalyst to the New Town's protection by bringing to the fore its architectural importance. He set about gathering support which eventually led to the New Town Committee's formation.
Item 76 of 1111962Victoria Street housing developmentDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 77 of 1111964Housing, Richmond TerraceCumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 78 of 1111964Midlothian County Council Buildings  EdinburghScotlandIn overall charge
Item 79 of 1111964Park Three West HousingCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 80 of 1111964Standard Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandExtension Phase I - with Michael Laird
Item 81 of 1111964University of Edinburgh Faculty Buildings  EdinburghScotlandIn overall charge
Item 82 of 1111964University of Edinburgh, George Square Theatre  EdinburghScotlandIn overall charge
Item 83 of 1111964University of Strathclyde  GlasgowScotlandActed as consultant
Item 84 of 1111964University of Strathclyde, Colville Building (Departments of Civil Engineering and Metallurgy)  GlasgowScotland 
Item 85 of 1111965Longannet Power StationKincardine on Forth FifeScotlandIn overall charge
Item 86 of 1111965National Library  IslamabadPakistan 
Item 87 of 1111965National Museum  IslamabadPakistan 
Item 88 of 1111965Royal Commonwealth Pool  EdinburghScotlandIn overall charge
Item 89 of 1111965University of Stirling Development PlanStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 90 of 1111966British Home Stores, Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandIn overall charge
Item 91 of 1111966Lower Whitehall and Parliament Square Redevelopment  London Spence produced the Broad Sanctuary Report analysing Martin's plan, including the Broad Sanctuary Site and Government Conference centre; he advised on alternatives.
Item 92 of 1111966New University of UlsterColreaine  EireIn overall charge
Item 93 of 1111966University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Epi-Genetics Building  EdinburghScotlandIn overall charge
Item 94 of 1111966University of Stirling, including library and landscapingStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 95 of 1111967Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station  AyrshireScotland 
Item 96 of 1111968Scotstoun Park housingSouth Queensferry West LothianScotlandIn overall charge
Item 97 of 1111968Standard Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandExtension Phase 2 - with Michael Laird. Extension phase 2 has elevation to St Andrew Square.
Item 98 of 111c. 1969Cumnock Senior ClubCumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 99 of 111Mid 1960sNational Archives Building  IslamabadPakistan 
Item 100 of 1111971British Home Stores  AberdeenScotland 
Item 101 of 1111971Industrialised Building Project (IBP) housing projectGurgi Tripoli (near)Libya 
Item 102 of 1111971Market, 8-10 Market Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 103 of 1111972Opera House site  EdinburghScotlandScheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 104 of 1111972Stables, Bell's Brae  EdinburghScotlandIn overall charge of conversion to offices
Item 105 of 111c. 1973Village planHilton, Easter Ross Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 106 of 111c. 1973Village planBalintore, Easter Ross Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 107 of 111Before 1975Housing for the Link Housing Association  EdinburghScotland 
Item 108 of 111Before 1975Ski Lodge for Cairngorm Chairlift CompanyAviemore Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 109 of 111Before 1975Swan House offices  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 110 of 111c. .1966Coleraine-Portrush-Portstewart Area Plan   Northern IrelandPartner in charge until at least January 1967. He remained the 'official' project partner until his death
Item 111 of 111c. 1937Wood Green Borough Council headquartersWood Green MiddlesexEnglandCompetition entry. In association with Alan Reiach.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp11 Royal Festival Hall
p13 Clyde Valley Regional Plan; photograph of a prototype block of Swedish timber houses at Balornock, Nov 1945
p15 Photograph of Matthew, 1940s
p16 Burtons Shop; George Square redevelopment -Arts Tower
p17-18, p29, p180-1 Queen's College, Dundee
p17 Sketch perspective of proposed George Square redevelopment c1958
p18-19, p165 Turnhouse Airport
p18-19, p157, p170 Kincardine Power Station
p25 Midlothian County Buildings
p26 Hutchesontown B
p29, 116, 119, 124, 127, 156, 164-5 University of Stirling
p29,39,86,116,125-9,164,185 Royal Commonwealth Pool
p165-7 University of Edinburgh George Square Redevelopment
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishing 
Item 3 of 6Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp226, p227
p169, p228, p368 Hutchesontown Area B
p381, Gazetteer 2
Item 4 of 6Miles Glendinning, Diane Watters, David Whitham Docomomo Scotland Leaflet  Cover, p231 Royal Commonwealth Pool
Item 5 of 6Miles Glendinning, Diane Watters, David Whitham Docomomo Scotland Leaflet  p226, p229 Edinburgh University redvelopment, George Square
Item 6 of 6Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p7-8, p15-16 Turnhouse Airport
p9 Cockenzie Power Station
p52-55 University of Stirling
p76-9 Royal Commonwealth Pool
p92-5 Ninewells Hospital

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 20Architects Journal2 July 1975   
Item 2 of 20Builder14 December 1951  p820-2
Item 3 of 20Builder30 March 1951  p453-4
Item 4 of 20Builder27 July 1951  p119
Item 5 of 20Builder10 October 1952  p496 - announcement that Matthew will take up appointment of Professor of Architecture at Edinburgh University in May 1953
Item 6 of 20Builder8 May 1953  p735 - details Matthew's resignation from LCC to take up post at Edinburgh University; also summarises speech given at Council meeting referring to architectural education
Item 7 of 20Builder13 November 1953  p763 - details of inaugural address at Edinburgh University
Item 8 of 20Builder4 February 1955  p236 - calling for more attention to climatic conditions in the design of houses
Item 9 of 20Builder3 May 1957  p802
Item 10 of 20Builder7 June 1957  photo of Matthew receiving EAA Centenary Medal from A. Esme Gordon and Mrs. J. A. H. Mottram on p1026
Item 11 of 20Builder28 March 1958  'CoID Scottish Committee Changes' p611
Item 12 of 20Builder31 October 1958  'Postgraduate Research, Edinburgh' pp724-5
Item 13 of 20Builder5 August 1960  'Civic Design: A New Diploma Course at Edinburgh' p228
Item 14 of 20Builder8 December 1961  'Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh' p1091; Matthew was second incumbent for MA with honours in architecture at Univ of Edinburgh (also head of architecture at ECA)
Item 15 of 20Builder1 May 1964  p915-916
Item 16 of 20Builder5 June 1964  p1212
Item 17 of 20Glasgow Herald23 June 1975   
Item 18 of 20RIBA Journal1 August 1975 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 19 of 20Scotsman23 June 1975   
Item 20 of 20The Times23 June 1975   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Library H2 MAT (P): obituary of Matthew by K Campbell (from 'Propsein'[?], 22 June 1975); memoir of Matthew by P Nuttgens (delivered at RIBA reception, 14 Oct 1975); comments on Matthew's life by P Nuttgens (telephoned to 'The Guardian', 11 Jun 1975)
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4698 (combined box 30); F no4992 (combined box 49)


© All rights reserved. Courtesy of David Ross.  Picture taken at opening ceremony of the "New Life For The New Town" Exhibition at the Planning Department Gallery in Market Street, Edinburgh  in the late 60 

© All rights reserved. Courtesy of David Ross. Picture taken at opening ceremony of the "New Life For The New Town" Exhibition at the Planning Department Gallery in Market Street, Edinburgh in the late 60's. Matthew speaking to Reiach in centre.