Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Arthur Mackenzie Watt-Low (or Watt Low) |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||20 April 1896 |
|Died: ||29 April 1949 |
|Bio Notes: ||Arthur Mackenzie Watt-Low, who seems to have hyphenated his name but appears in directories under 'L' for Low, was born on 20 April 1896, the son of John Low, railway signalman who later became an inspector, and his wife, Isabella Lawrence Murray Low. He was articled to Alexander McInnes Gardner from 1911 to 1916, studying at Glasgow School of Architecture. He worked in the War Department from 1916 to 1922, serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers and gaining experience in the planning of hospitals, camps and stores. In the latter year he joined Robert John Walker of Glasgow as an assistant, remaining there until 1925. |
In 1926 he commenced independent practice in Rutherglen, home and office being at 366 King's Park Avenue, Bankhead from at least 1934. His practice focussed largely on the planning and fitting out of business premises. He was also a Member of the Lanarkshire Education Committee, concerned with technical schools; and of the Lanarkshire County Council Housing, Building, Property & Schools Technical Committee.
Watt-Low was admitted LRIBA on 12 December 1944, his proposers being Colonel George Hunter Gardner-McLean, John Maurice Arthur and Basil Charlton Deacon. His nomination papers state that he had carried out a special study of sanitation and drainage.
He died in Rutherglen aged 53 on 29 April 1949, survived by his wife Annie Miller Boswell. At the time of his death he was the Progressive candidate for Bankhead, Rutherglen in the Lanark county election. He was the sutting member and had represented Bankhead for fourteen years. He was also a former president of the Bankhead Ratepayers' Association, treasurer of the Nursing Association (King's Park branch) and was a member of the Incorporation of Tailors of Rutherglen. He had served in both world wars in the Royal Engineers.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|414, Dumbarton Row, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||c. 1930 *|| || |
|366, King's Park Avenue, Bankhead, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland||Private/business||Before 1934||After 1944|| |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Alexander McInnes Gardner||1911||1916||Apprentice|| |
|Robert James Walker||1922||1925||Assistant|| |
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Post Office Directories|| || || || || |
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Scotsman||30 April 1949|| || ||p5 Obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Additional research by Iain Paterson|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no5698 (combined box 95)|