Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander James Cruickshank
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 April 1904
Died: 26 September 1954
Bio Notes: Alexander James Cruickshank was born on 5 April 1904, the son of Thomas Milne Chuickshnak, clothier's manager, and his wife Mary Stewart. He became a pupil in the firm of Smart & Stewart of Perth in April 1922. He left in April 1926 - by which time the firm had become Smart, Stewart & Mitchell after Robert Matthew Mitchell had been taken into partnership - to spend four months as improver with Carruthers Ballantyne & Taylor of Inverness, and studied at the Aberdeen School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College. He passed the qualifying exam in Edinburgh in July 1929, and was admitted ARIBA late that year or early the next, his proposers being James Brown Nicol, Robert Gordon Wilson and John Alexander Ogg Allan. At that time he was living at 15 Gannochy Green, Gannochy, Perth.

By 1950 Cruickshank was practising in Perth in partnership as Ross & Cruickshank. He died on 26 September 1956 aged 50. He was survived by his widow Marion Christie.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 215, Gannochy Green, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1929 *  
Item 2 of 222, George Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 4Smart & StewartApril 19221924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Smart, Stewart & Mitchell1924April 1926Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Carruthers Ballantyne & Taylor (or Ballantyne & Taylor)April 1926August 1926Improver 
Item 4 of 4Ross & Cruickshank1950 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg AllanLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown NicolLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)Late 1929 or early 1930for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 11943King's CollegeOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandBookstack


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4373 (combined box 10)