Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Donald
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: James Donald was articled to John Rust, City Architect of Aberdeen, on 3 March 1913, studying at Robert Gordon's Technical College. His apprenticeship was interrupted by war service but he returned to the same office thereafter and completed his training on 3 September 1919. He studied for a further two years full-time at Robert Gordon's College, obtaining his diploma in June 1920 and his post-diploma in 1921. In the latter month he passed the Special War Examination in London, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA later that year, his proposers being George Watt, John Ross McMillan and Alexander Marshall Mackenzie.

By 1950 (and very probably some time before) Donald had moved to the west and gave his address as Rutherglen.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Hillhead, Tulloch, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1921 *  
Item 2 of 2396, Kingsbrodge Drive, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *  

* 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 2Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)3 March 19133 September 1919ApprenticeUnder John Rust, City Architect - with the exception of war service (dates unknown)
Item 2 of 2John Rust3 March 19133 September 1919ApprenticeIn Aberdeen City Architect's Department - with the exception of war service (dates unknown)


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Marshall MackenzieLate 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McMillanLate 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George WattLate 1921for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The 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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3301 (microfilm reel 26)