Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Robertson Reid Young
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 September 1910
Died: March 1995
Bio Notes: Robert Robertson Reid Young was born on 8 September 1910 and was articled to Lake Falconer of Blairgowrie in March 1927. On Falconer's retirement in November 1928 he transferred to the office of Maclaren Soutar Salmond to complete his apprenticeship, enabling him to attend classes at the Dundee School of Architecture. He travelled in Europe for four weeks in 1931 and for another four in 1933 and passed the intermediate exam in Edinburgh in May of the latter year, leaving Dundee that September to enter the Liverpool School of Architecture at third-year level. During the following academic year he spent five months working for Pite, Son & Fairweather in London, returning to Liverpool for his final year. On completion of his studies in July 1936 he returned to Pite, Son & Fairweather as senior assistant. He was admitted ARIBA on 21 June 1937, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, Lionel Bailey Budden and Hubert Moore Fairweather. His nomination papers state that he had travelled in Italy and Germany prior to that time. Later in 1937 he returned to Liverpool to join Barnish, Silcock & Thearle as senior assistant.

He served with the Royal Engineers with the British West Indies Regiment, DCRE in the South Caribbean from 1940 to 1943 or 1945 (Nomination Papers vary on the dates). He spent two months of 1942 travelling in the USA, and on his return to Scotland was appointed lecturer and studio instructor at the School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, a post which occupied him part-time until 1949. He had commenced practice on his own account in 1946. There is again a conflict of information between his two Nomination Papers: his Associateship Paper indicates he was a full-time lecturer at the School of Architecture while his Fellowship Paper indicates he was simulataneouly running his own practice. In the later 1940s he continued to lecture part-time whilst practising in association with Gordon Stephenson, who had officially joined him in partnership in 1948. He was elevated to FRIBA in 1953. His proposers were Lionel Bailey Budden, Robert Joseph Gardner-Medwin and Gordon Stephenson.

By 1974 he had gone into semi-retirement in Moelfre, near Oswestry. He died in early 1995.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Hill House, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1937 *After 1940'Permanent' address, although working in London at this time
Item 2 of 4Abercromby Square, Liverpool, EnglandBusiness1946  
Item 3 of 4Blairlea, Acrefield Road, Woolton, Liverpool, EnglandPrivate1953 *  
Item 4 of 46, Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool, EnglandBusiness1953 *  

* 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 6Lake Falconer (junior)March 1927November 1927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Maclaren Soutar Salmond11 December 19271933Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Pite, Son & Fairweather1934 or 19351935AssistantFor five months
Item 4 of 6Pite, Son & FairweatherSeptember 19361937Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Barnish, Silcock & Thearle19371940Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Stephenson Young & Partnersc. 1953 Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1William Knight19501952Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Lionel Bailey Budden21 June 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Lionel Bailey Budden8 December 1953For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Hubert Moore Fairweather21 June 1937for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Robert Joseph Gardner-Medwin8 December 1953For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Charles Geddes Soutar21 June 1937for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Gordon Stephenson8 December 1953For Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Norman Frederick Kingham26 June 1963for Fellowship
Item 2 of 2William Knight26 June 1963For Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 no6446 (stored under F4834, combined box 38); F no4834 (combined box 38)