Basic Biographical Details

Name: Allan Pollock McKenzie Buchanan
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 April 1889
Died: 1961
Bio Notes: Allan Pollock McKenzie Buchanan was born at 100 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow on 29 April 1889, the son of William Mackenzie, master joiner, and his wife Maggie Mackenzie who came from Beith, Ayrshire. He studied at Glasgow School of Art 1906-1914, and served his articles with Watson & Salmond at this time. He remained as draughstsman with Watson & Salmond until the outbreak of World War I when he joined up. On demobilisation he was re-engaged with Watson, Salond & Gray. He was admitted ARIBA in mid 1920 under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being John Watson, John Keppie and William B Whitie.

In 1920 William Ross took him into partnership, the practice title being Ross & Buchanan; this partnership lasted until May 1936, after which Buchanan worked from home.

Buchanan died in 1961.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6247, Renfrew Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19121914 
Item 2 of 6274, Renfrew Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1920 *  
Item 3 of 6242, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19241925(Ross & Buchanan address)
Item 4 of 6137, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19281930(Ross & Buchanan address)
Item 5 of 6189, Pitt Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1934After 1936(Ross & Buchanan address)
Item 6 of 6Clar Innis, Drumchapel Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivatec. 1939After 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 4Watson & Salmond19051910Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Watson & Salmond19101914Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 4Watson, Salmond & GrayFebruary 1919 Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Ross & Buchanan1920May 1936Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John KeppieJune 1920For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John WatsonJune 1920For Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Brown WhitieJune 1920For 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 121924Welfare InstituteCarmyle GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 121924Welfare InstituteBothwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 121924Welfare InstituteFallin StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 121927Burnbank UP ChurchHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAdditions, including halls
Item 5 of 121928Knightswood Road SchoolKnightswood GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 121933Craigend HouseRuchazie GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 7 of 121934Houses for Balfron Building Co LtdBalfron StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 121935Reconstruction of two tenementsBalfron StirlingshireScotlandUnclear whether completed by Ross or by Buchanan after dissolution of partnership
Item 9 of 121936Hall, stand, clubhouse and playing field for Ashfield Football & Athletic Club  GlasgowScotlandUnclear whether completed by Ross or by Buchanan after dissolution of partnership
Item 10 of 121936Thatched house for Miss Margaret K Brown, St MedansEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 12c. 1936(?)BroomlandsMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandPresumably designed c.1936 or earlier; exhibited in 1937 in the name of Ross & Buchanan, the practice having been dissolved in 1936
Item 12 of 121939Premises for Toffalo Jackson & Co  GlasgowScotland 


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 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional information Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A 1920 no 2944 (microfilm reel 24)