Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Donald Cameron Rae |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||6 April 1896 |
|Died: ||18 July 1966 |
|Bio Notes: ||Donald Cameron Rae was born on 6 April 1896 in Aberdeen, the son of Alexander Rae, master grocer, and his wife Mary Cameron. He was articled to Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon from 1912 to 1915, and returned to him as assistant in 1919 after four years' war service with the Royal Engineers. The following year he joined the Aberdeen Burgh Surveyor's office as first assistant, whilst continuing his studies at the Aberdeen School of Architecture where he obtained his diploma in 1921. Soon thereafter he passed the qualifying exam, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA in 1922, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson junior, Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and John Wilson Walker. |
He was promoted to chief architect in the Burgh Surveyor's office in 1923, his work there including alterations to the municipal buildings, extensions to the public baths and sports pavilions. He left the following year and emigrated to Singapore, where he was appointed third assistant municipal architect, being promoted to chief assistant in 1925, municipal architect in 1931 and municipal architect and building surveyor in 1933.
He was elected FRIBA in the latter year, proposed by Percy Hubert Keys and another. His nomination papers state that he was a member of the Singapore Board of Architects, and of the RIBA Board of Examiners, the latter through the local branch, the Institute of Architects of Malaya.
Rae returned to Scotland and died aged 70 in the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen on 18 July 1966. He was survived by his wife Helen Bridgeford Tait and at least one son.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|150, North Deeside Road, Aberdeen, Scotland||Private|| ||1966|| |
|217, Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland||Business||1922 *|| || |
|Oldam Park, Singapore, Singapore||Private||1933 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||F no3111 (box 17); A no 3595 (microfilm reel 27)|