Basic Biographical Details

Name: Copland & Malcolm
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1919(?)
Ended: 1921(?)
Bio Notes: Thomas Mair Copland was born on 23 November 1866 in Laurieston, Stirlingshire, the son of John Copland and Elizabeth Mair. He served his apprenticeship with James Strang of Falkirk and set up business on his own account in Falkirk sometime before 1897.

Some years later, probably at the end of the First World War, Copland took Alexander Nisbet Malcolm into partnership. Malcolm had been born on 6 October 1877 at Polmont and articled to Clarke & Bell in Glasgow from 1897 to 1902, studying at Glasgow School of Art (1897 to 1901). After completing his apprenticeship he had made a three-week sketching tour in Belgium in July 1902 and returned to Clarke & Bell as assistant. He had taken three-and-half months off to tour the USA and Canada from May to August 1904, becoming principal assistant after his return. He had finally left the firm, by then Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie, in April 1908 to commence independent practice at Charing Cross, Grangemouth. He had been admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. At that time he was working in partnership with an as yet unidentified Mr Robertson, and before that time he had written a paper on cities in Belgium and papers entitled 'Housing of the Working Classes' and 'Torphichen Priory'. The partnership with Robertson had presumably been dissolved prior to 1913, by which time Malcolm had moved his office to Vicar Chambers, Falkirk. He had served in the Royal Engineers during the First World War.

The Copland & Malcolm partnership was dissolved in 1921 when Malcolm was appointed architect to the Stirlingshire Education Authority.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 176, High Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness19191921 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1James Strang    

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Thomas Mair Copland1919(?)1921Partner 
Item 2 of 4Alexander Nisbet Malcolm1919(?)1921Partner 
Item 3 of 4Archibald Thomson CaldwellApril 1919October 1920Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Archibald Thomson CaldwellOctober 1920July 1921Junior Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 21919Tenement for the Grahamston & Bainsford Co-operative SocietyFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 2 of 2c. 1920(?)Larbert Co-operative Society StoreLarbert StirlingshireScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.