Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert John Macdonald
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 April 1883
Died: 15 May 1945
Bio Notes: Robert John Macdonald was born at Roodfield, Ross-shire on 8 April 1883, the son of William MacDonald, mason and farmer and his wife Isabella. He was educated at the Mulbuie Public School and studied at the Art School in Inverness. He was articled to Ross & MacBeth in the 1890s, perhaps about 1897. He moved after the completion of his articles to the office of Hippolyte Blanc in Edinburgh, perhaps about 1902 as he was still living in Inverness in 1901. Thereafter he seems to have widened his experience in London in the offices of Frederick Arthur and Ernest Taylor (neither has been traced but Ernest Taylor may be Alfred Ernest Taylor who was active in the period 1889-1926 and practised in London about 1900).

In 1906 MacDonald emigrated to Canada and worked for two years in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta where he probably was in the office of Edward C Hopkins. He moved to Vancouver in 1907 and was briefly in partnership with Edmund Wright but opened business on his own account in late 1908. He practised in Vancouver thereafter. He met his wife, Ethel, in British Columbia.

Macdonald left Canada in 1915 and moved to Detroit, Michegan where in 1918 he was recorded as working as an 'architectural draughtsman at the Burroughs Adding Machine Co.' By 1930 he had moved to Great Falls, Montana.

He died in Kamloops, British Columbia where his brother was living, on 15 May 1945. He was survived by his wife who died in 1954.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaBusiness   

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 2Ross & Macbeth1890s1890sApprentice 
Item 2 of 2Hippolyte Jean BlancAfter 1901 Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Herbert Mayer Barker1908c. December 1908Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1  Courtesy of Robert Hill.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Robert Hill, CanadaInformation sent to Dictionary Sent 1 October 2015.
Item 3 of & Emigration records