Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Eric Dow
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 June 1897
Died: 21 June 1980
Bio Notes: William Eric Dow was born on 2 June 1897, the son of William Dow architect of Kirkcaldy, to whom he was apprenticed from 1912 to 1914 and his wife Margaret Blyth. His training appears to have been interrupted by war service but after the war he studied at the School of Architecture at University College London under Professor F M Simpson, and was awarded the RIBA Donaldson Medal. Thereafter he returned to Edinburgh, where he worked as assistant to James Bow Dunn. He left in 1927 to join W & T R Milburn of Sunderland as assistant. Whilst with them he passed the qualifying exam in London in July 1932 and was admitted ARIBA later that year, his proposers being William Milburn, Thomas Ridley Milburn and Andrew Gray.

He moved to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1935 to work as assistant to Healing & Overbury, but returned to the Milburn firm in 1941 and left with Stanley Wayman Milburn when he left to form his own practice in January 1947, taking Dow into partnership as S W Milburn & Partners.

Dow was admitted FRIBA on 2 March 1954, proposed by S W Millburn, C Talbot Burnam and Frederick Willey. He retired to Scotland and died on 21 June 1980 at his home in Crieff. He was survived by his wife, Patricia Constance Marianne Brown and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Schiehallion/27, Strathearn Terrace, Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 1980 
Item 2 of 4123, Durham Road, Sunderland, County Durham, EnglandPrivate1932 *  
Item 3 of 49, The Esplanade, Sunderland, County Durham, EnglandBusiness1952 *  
Item 4 of 417, Nilverton Avenue, Sunderland, County Durham, EnglandPrivate1952 *  

* 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 4William Dow19121913Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4James Bow Dunn19191927Assistant 
Item 3 of 4W & T R Milburn1927January 1947Assistant 
Item 4 of 4S W Milburn & PartnersJanuary 1947 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5Andrew GrayLate 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 5Stanley Wayman Milburn2 March 1954For Fellowship
Item 3 of 5Thomas Ridley MilburnLate 1932for Associateship
Item 4 of 5William MilburnLate 1932for Associateship
Item 5 of 5Frederick Willey2 March 1954For Fellowship


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 A no4959 (combined box 47); F no4861 (combined box 40)