Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harvie & Rankin
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Before 1911
Bio Notes: Robert Harvie was born in Bothwell, Lanarkshire on 17 May 1857 and was at first apprenticed as a joiner for five years, subsequently working as a wright and builder for ten years whilst taking classes at Gartsherrie Academy, Coatbridge and Glasgow School of Art. Thereafter he took up a post as inspector of works to Bothwell School Board and remained there for four years before obtaining several further years' experience as a clerk of works to Pugin & Pugin of Westminster for whom he erected seven churches and five schools. He then returned to Glasgow where he worked for a number of firms and supervised the building of eight or nine schools, enabling him to commence practice in Motherwell in 1892. He was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being George Bell, Duncan McNaughtan and James Lochhead. By that time he was working in partnership with an unidentified Mr Rankin as Harvie & Rankin, Architects, Surveyors and Valuators, based at 8 Clyde Street, Motherwell, and was a Fellow of the Surveyors' Institute.

Harvie emigrated to Vancouver in 1912, but the boom period ended in the following year and he found it difficult to establish a practice. He remained there nevertheless, and his place in the practice of Harvie & Rankin appears to have been taken by another Robert Harvie (born 15 February 1891), presumably his son, who had studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1908 to 1910 and who gave a business address of 8 Clyde Street, Motherwell in 1914.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 18, Clyde Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

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 2Robert HarvieBefore 1911Before 1914Partner 
Item 2 of 2Robert Harvie (junior?)1914(?) *(?)  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion