Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander Robert Fordyce Anderson |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||15 May 1906 |
|Died: ||21 October 1963 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander Robert Fordyce Anderson was born in Dundee on 15 May 1906 and studied at the Architectural Association Schools from October 1923 to July 1925. In September of the latter year he entered the office of Maclaren Soutar & Salmond in Dundee as an apprentice, and he remained there until March 1929 when he returned to London, joining Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie as assistant. He passed the final exam in December 1931 and was admitted ARIBA early the following year, his proposers being William Salmond, Charles Geddes Soutar and Leonard Rome Guthrie. The Depression caused him to move to Dublin as assistant to W H Byrne at some point in 1931. |
Anderson returned to London in 1933, forming a partnership with E Forster, EA Warren and J W Wilcox in 1934, initially in one large room in Pall Mall, moving to New Square, Lincolnís Inn as the practice grew. The practice had to be suspended at the beginning of the Second World War when most of the partners were called up, Anderson himself joining the Ministry of Aircraft Production.
After the Second World War the practice reopened at New Square as Anderson Forster & Wilcox. Warren had died in the evacuation of St Nazaire. The post war years were spent mainly on repairs and reconstruction of war damage, notably at Lincolnís Inn, the largest commissions for new buildings being the Daily Mirror Building at Holburn Circus designed in association with Sir Owen Williams, and Orbit House in New Fetter Lane.
Anderson was admitted FRIBA in 1943. He was a prominent member of the RIBA, visiting the Hong Kong School to report on its suitability for recognition, and of the Architectural Association, rising to be President of its Council. He was in demand for arbitration work, notably in a dispute between the Emir of Saudi Arabia and a British firm of contractors over the building of the Emirís palace and harem complex. Contemporaries described him as a Colonel Blimp-like figure with a briar pipe who was in fact a radical who did not suffer fools: he nevertheless had a marked affection for cranks and eccentrics. He died suddenly on 21 October 1963.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|4, Bingham Terrace, Dundee, Scotland||Private||1932 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIBA Journal||1963||v70||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||p522|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no4849 (combined box 39); F no3970 (box 30)|