Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Stewart Soutar
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 October 1912
Died: 25 October 2007
Bio Notes: David Stewart Soutar was born on 18 October 1912, the son of Dundee architect Charles Geddes Soutar and his wife, _____ Stewart. He was educated in England at St Christopher's School, Letchworth and articled to his father's firm of Maclaren Soutar Salmond in 1930, remaining there until 1932 when he entered the Architectural Association School in London. He obtained his honours diploma in 1937, his thesis being on an agricultural subject. His interest in agricultural building stemmed from his great uncle's farm at Noranbank, Finavon. He was admitted ARIBA on 10 January 1938, his proposers bieng his father, Arthur Forman Balfour Paul and William Brown Whitie. His nomination papers state that he had spent three months travelling on the Continent prior to that date.

In 1937 Soutar returned to Maclaren Soutar Salmond as an assistant, but enlisted in the Royal Engineers after the outbreak of the First World War in 1939. He returned to the family firm in 1945 but in 1948 the North of Scotland College of Agriculture engaged him to set up and manage the first farm buildings advisory service at Craibstone, Bucksburn, Aberdeen. In 1956 he was one of the founder members of the Farm Buildings Association, becoming its chairman in 1957; and in 1967 he was appointed head of the new Scottish Farm Buildings Investigation Unit for Scotland, still based at the North of Scotland College in Aberdeen. While in that post he was given the David Black award for services to the pig industry in 1971 and made an honorary fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1974.

He retired in 1977 on reaching the age of sixty-five, and resigned from the RIBA the same year. He was appointed OBE in 1978. He died in hospital in Aberdeen on 25 October 2007 at the age of 95 after a two-week illness.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Easterbank/3, Gordon Street, Barnhill, Dundee, ScotlandPrivatec. 19151920s(?) 
Item 2 of 6Harecraig/26, Dundee Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1920s1941 
Item 3 of 615, South Tay Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness19311948 
Item 4 of 6North of Scotland College of Agriculture, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1939  
Item 5 of 6Wheatlands, Hillside Road, Forfar, Angus, ScotlandPrivate19411948 
Item 6 of 630, Edgehill Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1948After 2006 

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 4Maclaren Soutar Salmond19311932Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Maclaren Soutar Salmond19371945Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Maclaren Soutar Salmond19451948Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Department of Agriculture for Scotland (later Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland)19481977ArchitectIn Aberdeen office


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information provided by David Stewart Soutar per Monica Gray.
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6632 (combined box 150)