Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Shaw Cruickshank
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 October 1888
Died:  
Bio Notes: William Shaw Cruickshank was born on 21 October 1888 and commenced his training at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh in 1907, continuing at the College of Art from 1909 under Ramsay Traquair. During his holidays he worked as a draughtsman for Cousin, Ormiston & Taylor in 1910 and for Murphy & Todd in 1911. In 1912 he secured an appointment as a draughtsman in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh. We served in the armed forces during the First World War and resumed his duties in the Office of Works in 1919. He was promoted to assistant surveyor the following year, and transferred to H M Office of Works in Shanghai.

In 1926 he returned to Britain, serving in H M Office of Works, London. He was promoted again in 1933, becoming District Surveyor in charge of the North West, based in the Manchester office and in charge of eight assistants and draughtsmen. He gained automatic admittance as LRIBA on 22 June 1936, without the need for proposers.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Laburnam Lodge, Heyes Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, EnglandPrivate1936 *  
Item 2 of 26, Clermiston Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Cousin, Ormiston & Taylorc. May 1910c. September 1910Apprentice(?)During summer holiday
Item 2 of 6Murphy & Walker Toddc. May 1911c. September 1911Apprentice(?) 
Item 3 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19121919DraughtsmanIn Edinburgh office - with the exception of war service, 1914-19
Item 4 of 6H M Office of Works Far Eastern Division19201926AssistantAssistant Surveyor
Item 5 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19261933AssistantIn London office, Assistant Surveyor

In London office - Assistant Surveyor
Item 6 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1933 District SurveyorIn Manchester office, in charge of North West District

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4540 (combined box 20)