Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ernest Runtz & Breden
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1898
Ended: 1903
Bio Notes: George McLean Ford was born in 1867 and was articled in August 1884 to Shiells and Thomson of Edinburgh, from which office he joined that of James Bow Dunn as assistant. During this period he attended classes at the Edinburgh School of Art and at the University of Edinburgh under Professor Baldwin Brown. In 1889 he moved to London to work for John Birch, whose practice was mainly domestic. This enabled him to take classes at the Architectural Association and at the South Kensington Schools. He passed the qualifying exam in 1892 and was admitted ARIBA on 21 November that year, his proposers being Leonard Stokes, Arthur Cates and Edward Augustus Gruning. His nomination papers state that he had carried out 'several small works situated principally in Edinburgh & Leith', although none of these has yet been identified. Around 1894 he moved to the office of Goymour Cuthbert, whose main output was banking premises.

In 1898 Ford commenced practice on his own account at 10 Walbrook, London, entering into partnership from 1904 with Ernest Augustus Runtz (born 1859), who had practised as a surveyor only until the previous year. Albert Charles Breden also became a partner at that time but died in January 1903. (Sources vary about the partnerships in which Runtz Ford and Breden were involved. Some indicate that Runtz and Breden were in partnership until 1903 when the latter died and then Ford was taken into partnership. However others indicate that Ford was in partnership with Runtz prior to Breden being absorbed). The firm specialised in theatre work. Ford and Runtz were both admitted FRIBA in 1908, Ford's proposers being Andrew Noble Prentice, John Glen Sivewright Gibson and John Murray (presumably John Campbell Turner Murray).

Runtz died in 1913, leaving Ford in charge of the practice. Ford died in 1921.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 110, Walbrook, London, EnglandBusiness1898After 1908 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Albert Charles Breden18981903Partner 
Item 2 of 3Ernest Augustus Runtz18981903 or 1904Partner 
Item 3 of 3George McLean FordAfter 1898(?)After 1908(?)PartnerSources vary about when Ford became a partner

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 21899Hotel Metropole  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 21900Glasgow Central Stores  GlasgowScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.