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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Martin Gardner
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 November 1909
Died: 13 March 1998
Bio Notes: Martin Gardner was born on 25 November 1909, the son of John Gardner, shipping proprietor and his wife Catherine Keay or Moncrieff. He attended day classes at Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg from 1927 to 1930. He then became a pupil in the office of Stewart Kaye, whilst continuing to attend morning classes. He returned to day classes in October 1933, obtained his diploma in June 1934 and passed the Professional Practice exam the following month. That year he won the Rowand Anderson Silver Medal and Studentship. He had been admitted an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association by 1939, at which time he was living at 37 Worple Way, Rayners Lane, South Harrow, Middlesex. He returned to Scotland soon thereafter and was once more in Kaye's office when he was admitted ARIBA on 3 December 1942, his proposers being Begg, John Wilson and Harold Ogle Tarbolton.

N.B. The RIBA directory of 1970 states that he was elected ARIBA in 1934 but papers indicate he was admitted in 1942.
Gardner resigned from the RIBA on 15 December 1970, having ceased practice sometime previously. He was then living at 36 Inchview Terrace, Edinburgh. He died on 13 March 1998 at his home. He was survived by his wife Eliza Macandrew Wilson and a son who lived in Waterlooville.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 337, Worple Way, Rayners Lane, South Harrow, Middlesex, EnglandPrivate1939  
Item 2 of 3Glengair, Cellardyke, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1942 *  
Item 3 of 3Lyndhurst/36, Inchview Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1950 *1998 

* 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 2Stewart KayeOctober 1930October 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Stewart Kaye & Walls1942 * Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg3 December 1942for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Harold Ogle Tarbolton3 December 1942for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson3 December 1942for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5520 (combined box 85)


© All rights reserved. RIAS Quarterly 1934 no47 

© All rights reserved. RIAS Quarterly 1934 no47