Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert William Lowe
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 February 1899
Died: 21 September 1978
Bio Notes: Robert William Lowe was born on 14 February 1899, the son of James Lowe of Dundee and his wife, Isabel Smith Clark. He was educated at Blairgowrie High School and began his apprenticeship in 1916, presumably in his father's office, studying at Dundee Technical College and School of Art and through the International Correspondence Schools. In 1922, the year of his father's death, he was taken into partnership along with Alexander Corbett Barrie. The firm is generally referred to as Lowe & Barrie but appears also to have been known as James Lowe & Co.

Lowe was admitted LRIBA in late 1930 or early 1931, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, William Salmond and the then secretary of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

Lowe died at the Cottage Hospital in Blairgowrie on 21 September 1978. He was survived by his wife Isabel Smith Clark and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Duncraggan, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19111978 
Item 2 of 3104, Commercial Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1916After 1930 
Item 3 of 37, Brown Street, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1939 *After 1950 

* 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 3James Lowe1916c. 1921Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Lowec. 19211922AssistantPresumably assistant between apprenticeship and partnership
Item 3 of 3Lowe & Barrie1922After 1970Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William SalmondLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Charles Geddes SoutarLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship

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 71922Craigie Garden Suburb  DundeeScotlandDesigned housing
Item 2 of 71929Powrie Warehouse, Seagate   DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 71929Premises Millar's Wynd  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 71929Premises, West Wynd  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 71929Sheds, Hawkhill  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 7c. 1929Albert Masonic HallLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 71937Houses for Cupar Town CouncilCupar FifeScotlandBlocks of houses (cost c. 3,450)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The 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 L no3619 (box 14)