Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Tough
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 May 1907
Died: 16 August 1983
Bio Notes: Alexander Tough was born on 30 May 1907, the son of Alexander Tough, executive officer, and his wife Christina Emslie Duncan. He commenced his studies on the diploma course at Aberdeen School of Architecture in September 1922. He was articled to A Marshall Mackenzie & Son from August 1924 until August 1927, remaining as an assistant for a further year before returning to the School to study on the post-diploma course. He passed the qualifying exam in July 1929 and received his diploma two months later, whereupon he returned to the Marshall Mackenzie practice. He left in January 1930, seemingly in order to join the London branch of the practice, Wigglesworth & Mackenzie. He was admitted ARIBA in mid-1930, his proposers being Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie, Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth and Percy Burnell Tubbs.

By 1955 Tough had a post with the Ministry of Works in London. In 1960 he was working in HM Ministry of Works in Singapore. By 1970 he had returned to Scotland and had a post in the City Architect's Department in Aberdeen.

Tough died on 16 August 1983. He had been married twice: first to Dorothea (surname not known) and second to Dorothy Jean Milne who survived him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2179, Forrest Avenue, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate 1983 
Item 2 of 29, Endsleigh Gardens, London, EnglandPrivate1930 *  

* 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 4A Marshall Mackenzie & SonAugust 1924August 1927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4A Marshall Mackenzie & SonAugust 1927September 1928Assistant 
Item 3 of 4A Marshall Mackenzie & SonSeptember 1929January 1930Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Wigglesworth & Marshall MackenzieEarly 1930 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander George Robertson MackenzieMid 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Percy Burnell TubbsMid 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Herbert Hardy WigglesworthMid 1930for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 3 of 4RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no4502 (combined box 18)