Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Barr Winning
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 September 1892
Died: Before 1963
Bio Notes: Alexander Barr Winning was born in Kharkoff, South Russia of Scottish parents on 29 September 1892. His family left Russia when he was three years old, returning to Glasgow, and it was there that he was educated. In 1909 he began an articled apprenticeship to James Austen Laird, studying building construction for a year each at Queens Park School, Shawlands Academy and the Royal Technical College and achieving first prize in all three classes.

He emigrated to Western Australia in 1912 and worked for four years as assistant in the Perth firm of Hobbs, Smith & Forbes before being enlisted into the Australian Imperial Forces in 1916. On being discharged in 1919 he spent two years in Laird's office in Glasgow as chief assistant and took a further course of study at the Royal Technical College under Charles Gourlay before returning to Hobbs, Smith & Forbes as chief assistant in 1921.

He applied for admittance as LRIBA in late 1930, his proposers being J Talbot Hobbs, Edgar Le B Henderson and W G Bennett, and by the time of the acceptance of his application in the middle of the following year he had been made a junior partner, the practice title becoming Hobbs, Forbes & Partners. In 1939, following Hobbs' death the previous year, Winning became a full partner, the practice name then changing to Hobbs, Winning & Leighton. In 1935 he won the RIBA Architecture Bronze Medal for Western Australia for his design for Newspaper House in Perth, Western Australia.

Winning was a Councillor of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects from 1944 to 1949 having been a member of its Western Australia Chapter since 1940. He was still with the same firm when he was elected FRIBA on 9 December 1952, nominated by the Council of the RIBA.

There is no entry for Barr Winning in the RIBA Kalendar for 1963. It must be assumed that he died by that date.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 319, Melville Terrace, South Perth, AustraliaPrivateBefore 1930After 1953 
Item 2 of 3Western Australia Trustees Buildings/104, St George's Terrace, Perth, AustraliaBusinessBefore 1930After 1953 
Item 3 of 3Furnival Chambers/45, St George's Terrace, Perth, AustraliaBusinessBefore 1956After 1960 

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 6James Austen Laird19091912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Hobbs, Smith & Forbes19121916Assistant 
Item 3 of 6James Austen Laird19191921Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Hobbs, Smith & Forbes1921Late 1930Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Hobbs, Forbes & PartnersLate 19301939Junior Partner 
Item 6 of 6Hobbs, Winning & Leighton1939After 1960(?)Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3W G BennettMid 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Edgar Le B HendersonMid 1931for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3J Talbot Hobbs (Joseph John Talbot Hobbs)Mid 1931for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1956Kalendar 1956-57   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

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 L no3874 (box 17); F no4759 (combined box 34)