Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Loudon Fleming
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 September 1912
Died: 5 August 1979
Bio Notes: Thomas Loudon Fleming was born on 20 September 1912, the son of Andrew Fleming, grain merchant, and his wife, Catherine Dunn Gilchrist. He entered the office of John Melvin & Son in Alloa in January 1931 and remained with them for eight years. During this period, from 1933-37, he attended the certificate course (evening classes) at Glasgow School of Art. In June 1937 he was awardd his cartificate. From 1938 to 39 he attended one session of day classes toward the diploma at the School. However these studies were interrupted as he joined the army in September 1939. He completed his final year in the session 1945-46and was awarded his diploma in June 1946abd passed the professional practice exam in the following December. He was admitted ARIBA in 1947 proposed by Professor william James smith, Jack Antonio Coia and Ronald Bradbury. In his statement Smith said he was a 'first class student' who had 'distinguished himself in all subject' and that he was 'an exceoptionally fine draughtsman'

After qualification Fleming seems to have obtained a position in the City of Glasgow Housing Department. He remained with the department and rose to become Chief Architect in the Department. He retired early due to ill-health.

He died on 5 August 1979 at the Victoria Infirmary Annexe, Mansionhouse Road, in Glasgow. He was survived by his wife, Irene Forbes Prentice Lithgow.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandBusiness1939 * In the office of John Melvin & Son
Item 2 of 316, Ochil Street, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)Before 1947 *  
Item 3 of 359, Busby Road, Clarkston, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1970 *1979 

* 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 1John Melvin & Son1931 *c. 1936ApprenticeLater 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 3Ronald Bradbury11 February 1947For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Jack Antonio Coia11 February 1947For Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith11 February 1947For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no8888 (Combined Box 219)