Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Mollison
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 March 1904
Died: 1989
Bio Notes: William Mollison was born on 23 March 1904 and was articled to Maclaren Soutar Salmond of Dundee in 1919, attending classes at the Dundee School of Art. On completing his apprenticeship in 1924 he sought experience in the office of Andrew David Haxton of Leven, subsequently joining Gillespie & Scott in St Andrews before moving to London in 1929 as an assistant in H M Office of Works. This enabled him to study at the Regent Street Polytechnic. He passed the intermediate exam in June 1929 and in the following year was appointed staff architect to the County of London Electric Supply Company, based in offices at 46 New Broad Street. He passed the final exam in July 1931, spent a month travelling in Holland and Germany in the same year, and was admitted ARIBA in early 1932, proposed by his former employers William Salmond and Charles Geddes Soutar, and his former tutor at Dundee School of Art, Patrick Hill Thoms.

Mollison was still working for the County of London Electric Supply Company when he was elected FRIBA on 7 December 1947, his proposers being Salmond, Soutar and George Fairweather, whom he had met when both were studying at Dundee School of Art.

He resigned his RIBA membership in October 1988 due to ill health. He moved to Bournemouth and died in 1989, his death being registered in May of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 318, Upper Tooting Park, London, EnglandPrivate1932 *  
Item 2 of 3County of London Electric Supply Co Ltd/46, New Broad Street, London, EnglandPrivateBefore 1932After 1947 
Item 3 of 319, Birchwood Road, Petts Wood, Kent, EnglandPrivate1947 *  

* 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 4Maclaren Soutar Salmond19191924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Andrew David Haxton1924Before 1929Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Gillespie & ScottAfter 19241929Assistant 
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19291930AssistantIn London office (Whitehall)


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6George Fairweather9 December 1947for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6William SalmondEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 6William Salmond9 December 1947for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Charles Geddes SoutarEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Charles Geddes Soutar9 December 1947for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Patrick Hill ThomsEarly 1932for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Norman Fotheringham McCall6 April 1948For Licentiateship


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 no4776 (stored under F4305, combined box 6); F no4305 (combined box 6)