Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Thomson Scott
Designation: Architect
Born: 31 August 1887
Died: 1962
Bio Notes: Alexander Thomson Scott was born on 31 August 1887 and educated at Stirling High School from 1903 to 1905. Thereafter he attended classes at the Glasgow School of Architecture and Royal Technical College under Eugène Bourdon, Alexander McGibbon and Charles Gourlay. During the period of his studies he spent two years in the office of Alexander Nisbet Paterson, from 1906 to 1908. He received his diploma in 1911 and spent the remainder of that year travelling in Italy, subsequently pursuing a postgraduate course at the School.

In 1912 he moved to London where he joined James Miller as second assistant, leaving him the following year to work for the landscape architect Thomas Hayton Mawson on the city planning of Athens, Calgary and Banff, and moving again a year later to the office of Sir Herbert Baker. He left Baker's practice for military service soon afterwards, on the outbreak of the First World War, but returned in 1918 and was promoted to chief assistant in 1922. In 1929 Scott and Baker entered a working partnership, although the firm's name did not become Sir Herbert Baker & A T Scott until 1931. Scott had been admitted FRIBA on 3 November of the intervening year, his proposers being Baker, Francis William Troup and Thomas Smith Tait; his nomination papers note that he had made a return trip to Italy by that point, as well as travelling in Spain and visiting New York once and India twice on Baker's business, collaborating with Baker on the government buildings in Delhi and on bank buildings in South Africa.

Scott joined the Art Workers Guild in 1930.

When Baker died in 1946 Scott went into partnership with Vernon Helbing, remaining in practice with him until his death in 1962.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 255, Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW, EnglandBusiness1930 *  
Item 2 of 236, Sheldon Avenue, Highgate, London N, EnglandPrivate1930 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Alexander Nisbet Paterson19061908Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 7James Miller19121913AssistantSecond Assistant
Item 3 of 7Thomas Hayton Mawson19131914AssistantChief of Design
Item 4 of 7(Sir) Herbert Baker19141922AssistantWith the exception of military service, from outbreak of war in 1914 to 1918
Item 5 of 7(Sir) Herbert Baker & A T Scott19191946Partner 
Item 6 of 7(Sir) Herbert Baker19221929Chief Assistant 
Item 7 of 7(Sir) Herbert Baker19291931Partner 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Herbert Baker3 November 1930for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Smith Tait3 November 1930for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Francis William Troup3 November 1930for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell6 March 1939for Fellowship
Item 2 of 5Archibald Ernest Bennett5 December 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 5James Douglas9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 4 of 5James Allan Lauchlan13 February 1940for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 5William Ferguson Stewart16 May 1944for 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 111912Institution of Civil EngineersWestminster LondonEnglandAs assistant to James Miller
Item 2 of 111912Institution of Mechanical EngineersWestminster LondonEnglandMajor addition to match Institution of Civil Engineers across Storey's Gate - as assistant to James Miller
Item 3 of 11c. December 1912SS Lusitania, ship interior    Extensive refit - as assistant to James Miller
Item 4 of 111913Langside District LibraryLangside GlasgowScotlandWon design competition but passed over for commission on account of cost
Item 5 of 111919Glasgow Housing competition: Kennyhill, Riddrie, Blackhill and Lethamhill, layout and house plans  GlasgowScotlandAwarded second premium of £250
Item 6 of 111921Bank of England  LondonEnglandReconstruction and heightening, first as assistant and latterly as partner of Sir Herbert Baker
Item 7 of 111930Glyn, Mills & Co Bank  LondonEngland 
Item 8 of 111930Martin's Bank  LondonEngland 
Item 9 of 111932Boreham ManorChelmsford EssexEngland 
Item 10 of 111933The Drove HouseThornham NorfolkEngland 
Item 11 of 111953National Bank of Scotland, London Branch  LondonEnglandProposed additions and alterations

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Baker, Sir Herbert1944Architecture and personalities   
Item 2 of 2Beauty's Awakening Beauty's Awakening: The Centenary Exhibition of the Art Workers' Guild Brighton Museum September -November 1984, Royal Pavilion Brighton 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder8 June 1962v202 p1188
Item 2 of 2Builder15 June 1962v202 p1223

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 F no2826 (box 12)