Basic Biographical Details

Name: Eric Alexander Hector MacDonald
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 April 1900
Died: 1980
Bio Notes: Eric Alexander Hector MacDonald was born on 5 April 1900 and was articled to James Shearer of Dunfermline in March 1919, attending classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. On completion of his apprenticeship in November 1924 he moved to London where he joined Edwin Landseer Lutyens as assistant, continuing his training at the Central School of Arts & Crafts and at Westminster Technical Institute. He travelled to France and Belgium during his holidays in that year and in 1926, 1927 and 1929. He passed the intermediate exam in 1926 and the final exam in July 1929, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA in early 1930, his proposers being Lutyens, Laurence Mursell Gotch and Albert John Thomas. He had left Lutyens' office in May 1929, Lutyens writing in his nomination papers that he 'was sorry to lose his valuable assistance', and by the time of his application for Associateship that August was working for Associated British Cinemas Ltd in Regent Street.

He officially retired from practice c.1965, although he continued to undertake occasional jobs for some time thereafter. He died in 1980.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Associated British Cinemas Ltd/Haddon House, Regent Street, London, EnglandBusiness1929 *  
Item 2 of 2234, Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, EnglandPrivate1929 *  

* 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 2James Grant ShearerMarch 1919November 1924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Edwin Landseer LutyensNovember 1924May 1929Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Laurence Mursell GotchEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Edwin Landseer LutyensEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Albert John ThomasEarly 1930for Associateship


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 A no4408 (combined box 12)