Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter Shearer Leask
Designation: Architect
Died: 28 April 1982
Bio Notes: Peter Shearer Leask studied full-time at Aberdeen School of Architecture from September 1921 until June 1923. In July of the latter year he entered the office of George Bennett Mitchell whilst still attending classes part-time at the School. He resumed full time classes from September 1926. He sat the qualifying exam and was admitted ARIBA on 5 December 1927, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson, junior, George Watt and John Alexander Ogg Allan.

Leask was a member of the RTPI and by 1930 or 1931 an Associate of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, at which time he was employed by H M Office of Works in Edinburgh, his address being given as c/o Mrs Young, 24 Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh. In 1931 he moved to Stafford County Council, and in 1939, his address was given as 'Rockcliffe', Baswich Lane, Weeping Cross, Stafford. By 1945 he had risen to assistant architect to Staffordshire Education Committee. However in that year he moved back to Dingwall when he was appointed Ross-shire County Architect, a post which he held until his retirement in May 1971. He died on or shortly before 28 April 1982 at which point he was living in Lower Skelmorlie, Ayrshire.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7The Old Academy, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland    
Item 2 of 7County Architects Department, Tulloch Street, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandBusiness 1971 
Item 3 of 7Spindrift/31, Shore Road, Lower Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness *1982 
Item 4 of 7Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1926(?) *1931While employed by H M Office of Works
Item 5 of 7County Hall, Stafford, Staffordshire, EnglandBusiness19311945 
Item 6 of 7Rockliffe, Baswich Lane, Weeping Cross, Stafford, Staffordshire, EnglandPrivate1939 or 1940 *  
Item 7 of 723, Kinnairdie Avenue, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandPrivate1971(?)  

* 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 4George Bennett MitchellJuly 1923September 1926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1926(?)1931  
Item 3 of 4Stafford Education Offices Architect's Department19311945Assistant Architect 
Item 4 of 4Ross-shire County Architects' Department19451971Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg Allan5 December 1927For Associateship
Item 2 of 3George Watt5 December 1927For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)5 December 1927For Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 27 June 1957Secondary School at the Nicolson InstituteStornoway Ross and CromartyScotlandCounty Architect, per Builder p1034
Item 2 of 27 April 1961Evanton Filter StationEvanton Ross and CromartyScotlandas County Architect, per Builder p651


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Herald15 August 1945  p11 - appointment as Ross-shire County Architect

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 4124 (Box 7)
Item 2 of 2School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James