Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Scott
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 October 1882
Died: 1971
Bio Notes: Archibald Scott was born on 17 October 1882 and articled to Thomas Dykes & Robertson, Glasgow in December 1897 and remained for seven months as a draughtsman until March 1903 when he became a draughtsman with James Salmon & Son (Salmon Son & Gillespie from November of that year). During that period he studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, where he assisted Charles Gourlay with evening classes from October 1903. He passed the qualifying exam in 1904 and was admitted ARIBA on 5 December of that year, his proposers being William Forrest Salmon, William Leiper and Thomas Lennox Watson. His travels prior to that time had included study tours of two weeks in London and two in Paris.

In the following year he obtained a place as an assistant in the Edinburgh branch of H M Office of Works under William Thomas Oldrieve, and he continued in the same role until 1919, serving in the offices in London and China as well as in Edinburgh. He was promoted to Architect in the London office in 1920. From 1923 to 1926 he was resident architect on the New Legation in Bangkok, taking over the scheme from Julius Bradley of the Office of Works in Shanghai. He replanned and redisgned the scheme and incorporated the grnaite was memorial by Aberdeen sculptor Sir JAmes Taggart.

However he returned to HMOW London in 1927, working principally on telephone exchanges until 1928 when he was appointed Chief Architect to the Ministry of Health. He was admitted FRIBA in late 1930 or early 1931, his proposers being Sir Richard John Allison, Archibald Bulloch and John Hatton Markham.

He died in 1971.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 26, Broompark Terrace, Dennistoun, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1904 *  
Item 2 of 2151, Chatsworth Road, Willesden Green, London, EnglandPrivate1930 *  

* 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 9T Dykes & RobertsonDecember 1897c. August 1902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9T Dykes & Robertsonc. August 190228 February 1903Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 9James Salmon & Son1 March 1903November 1903Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 9Salmon, Son & GillespieNovember 19031905Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 9H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19051919AssistantIn Edinburgh office, working under W T Oldrieve; also in London and in Far Eastern Division, China
Item 6 of 9William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)1905Before 1919(?)AssistantIn H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 7 of 9H M Office of Works Far Eastern DivisionAfter 1905Before 1919AssistantAlso served in London and Edinburgh offices
Item 8 of 9H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19201928ArchitectIn London office
Item 9 of 9Ministry of Health1928After 1930Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6(Sir) Richard John Allison1930for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Archibald Bulloch1930for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6William Leiper5 December 1904for Associateship
Item 4 of 6John Hatton Markham1930for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6William Forrest Salmon5 December 1904for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Thomas Lennox Watson5 December 1904for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Arthur John Alexander IllingworthEarly 1941for Fellowship
Item 2 of 2(Major) James Milne-DavidsonMid 1938for 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 11922British Legation Compound  BangkokThailand 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Bertram, Mark2011Britian's Diplomatic Buildings Overseas, 1800-2000 Reading: Spire Books 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building24 September 1971   

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 A v16 p41 (microfilm reel 19); F no2857