Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Robert Leslie Rollo |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||23 August 1888 |
|Died: ||11 January 1948 |
|Bio Notes: ||Robert Leslie Rollo was born on 23 August 1888, the son of Robert Rollo. He served his apprenticeship in the office of James Lindsay, studying at Glasgow School of Art in 1906-7 and at Glasgow School of Architecture. He moved to Ayr in 1911 to join James Archibald Morris as assistant, returning to Glasgow two years later as assistant to Sir John James Burnet and Norman Aitken Dick, then working under the practice name of John Burnet & Son. He was subsequently transferred to Burnet's London office where he worked on the British Museum extension. |
In 1914 he commenced independent practice at 248 West George Street, Glasgow, in collaboration with James Lindsay Junior, the son of his former employer; the elder Lindsay had died on 8 September that year and his son had taken on the practice at the early age of twenty-two. It is not clear whether a formal partnership existed, but in any case the association was cut short by the outbreak of the First World War, during which Rollo served with the Royal Engineers rising to the rank of Lieutenant and at the end of the war was divisional officer with the Ministry of Works in Antwerp. In 1917 he had married Elizabeth Whyte, daughter of Robert P Whyte.
On his return from the war Rollo moved back north to Aberdeen where he resumed independent practice in 1920 and was appointed assistant Lecturer and Demonstrator in the School of Architecture, later becoming Principal Teacher oif Architecture and Head of the School. Whilst there he was appointed architect to the Governors of Robert Gordon's College and designed the new buildings for the Technical College and School of Art. He was admitted FRIBA in early 1930, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson Junior, John Alexander Ogg Allan and George Watt. He was President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects 1935-37. He resigned his post in the School of Architecture in 1937 to concentrate on his private practice (possibly after a dispute with the Governors of the School over time spent on his private work). He appears to have shared an office with James Brown Nicol and his former assistant David Polson Hall until about 1939, although we do not as yet know if they were in some kind of partnership.
During the Second World War Rollo again worked for the Ministry of Works.
In private life Rollo was an active Freemason, being President of the Aberdeen Chapter from 1933 to 1936. He died suddenly at 7 King's Gate on 11 January 1948, survived by his wife Bessie, his daughter Ruth who married Dr Charles Michie, an Aberdeen man of the Colonial Medical Service, stationed at Gibraltar, and his son, R Erskine Rollo (who was entertainments staff officer with the Army Welfare Service during the Second World War) and daughter.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|17, Clifford Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1906||After 1911|| |
|248, West George Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1914|| ||In collaboration with James Lindsay Junior|
|9, Lennox Road, Cardonald, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1918 *|| || |
|12, Murray Terrace, Ferryhill, Aberdeen, Scotland||Business||1920 *|| || |
|Aberdeen School of Architecture/375, Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland||Business||Before 1929||After 1930|| |
|Camloun, Cults, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private||Before 1929||After 1944|| |
|146, Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland||Business||c. 1939 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Post Office Directories|| || || || || |
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|Scottish Biographies||1938|| || ||E J Thurston (pub.)|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Aberdeen Press and Journal||24 February 1937|| || ||p8. Portrait of Rollo in article about talk given by Rollo to the Aberdeen Rotarians about the importance of providing community facilities in areas of new housing. |
|Aberdeen Press and Journal||22 January 1948|| || ||p6|
|Aberdeen Weekly Journal||18 May 1944|| || ||p4|
|London Gazette||17 September 1917|| || ||Supplement|
|RIAS Quarterly||May 1948||no72||Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)||p36 - obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no3103 (microfilm reel 25); F no2773 (box 11)|