Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peden & McLaren
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1905 or 1909
Ended: 1915
Bio Notes: Thomas McLaren was born probably in the late 1880s and articled to George Kennedy Young in 1894. During that time he worked with Young's brother Cedric who had been in Burnet Son & Campbell's office and was profoundly influenced by that practice. He remained with the Youngs until 1898, attending evening classes at Sharp's Institution. In that year, or at the beginning of 1899, McLaren moved to Thomas Lennox Watson's office in Glasgow, enabling him to study at Glasgow School of Art and at some point he made a study tour of Belgium. In 1902 he emigrated to Montreal where he found a place in the office of Andrew Thomas Taylor and passed the qualifying exam (in Montreal). He was admitted ARIBA on 2 March 1903, his proposers being Taylor Watson and the London architect John Slater. When Taylor returned to Britain in 1905 McLaren joined the architectural department of the Bank of Montreal but commenced a small private spare-time practice with Frank Peden. This built up over the years and in 1909 McLaren and Peden entered into a partnership which was dissolved in 1915. McLaren thereafter practised alone until he retired in 1939. He died in 1967.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 120, St Alexi's Street, Montreal, CanadaBusiness1911 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Thomas McLaren1905 or 19091915PartnerWorked with Peden from 1905 but official partnership was not formed until 1909
Item 2 of 2Thomas Morgan Forrest8 May 190714 March 1908Senior Assistant 

References

Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.