Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Murray Graham
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 May 1909
Died: 23 November 1988
Bio Notes: Alexander Murray Graham was born on 13 May 1909, the son of James Graham, merchant, and his wife Louisa Rule. He was a pupil in the London office of J Hatchard-Smith & Son from 1927 to 1931. Thereafter he moved to Edinburgh and in October of the latter year enrolled on the diploma course at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art. He was awarded the RIBA Archibald Dawnay Scholarship in 1934. He obtained his diploma in June 1936 and was admitted ARIBA on 8 March 1937, his proposers being James Macgregor, Frank Charles Mears and William Hornby Hatchard-Smith. Prior to that time he had made month-long tours of England in 1932 and 1933, of Italy in 1934, of France and Switzerland in 1935, and of Britain and France in 1936. His declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed on 15 March 1937 by fellow architect Frederick Alistair Morrison. Graham's nomination papers give his home address as Heathside, Limpsfield, Surrey, presumably his parental home, but by 1939 he was based at 11 Castle Street, Edinburgh. He was also an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. In 1950 he was living at Ratho near Edinburgh.

It would appear that he saw active sevice during the Second World War and was awarded the MC.

He died in a fire in his workshop at his home in St Boswells on 23 November 1988. He was survived by his wife Jean Mary Weeks.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4The Old Bakery, Main Street, St Boswells, Roxburghshire, ScotlandPrivate 1988 
Item 2 of 4Heathside, Limpsfield, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1937 *  
Item 3 of 411, Castle Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 4 of 4Summerhall Cottage, Ratho, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* 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 1J Hatchard-Smith & Son19271931Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Hornby Hatchard-Smith8 March 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Macgregor8 March 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears8 March 1937for 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 no6325 (combined box 132)