Basic Biographical Details

Name: Leslie Gordon Lunan
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: Leslie Gordon Lunan was articled to Leiper & McNab on 8 October 1909 and studied at Glasgow School of Art under Professors Bourdon, McGibbon and Gourlay. He remained with the same firm as assistant after completing his apprenticeship, leaving on 8 December 1914 to take up a post in Leven Shipyard, Dumbarton. During these early years he made measured drawings in Glasgow, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Dunkeld and other areas, as well as touring Scots churches and visiting Normandy.

In 1917 he was appointed architect on the Aerodrome Court for the Air Ministry. Two years later he found a new post as architect to Sir John Anderson, Great Priory, Harrold, Bedfordshire. He passed the War Special Examination at the RIBA in London on 7 March 1921 and was admitted ARIBA in the middle of that year, his proposers being Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth, T Geoffry Lucas and David Barclay Niven, who wrote of Lunan in his supporting statement: 'I know him to be a good student, interested in everything pertaining to Architecture, Civics & Town Planning, constantly sketching & studying and anxious to excell [sic] in his profession.' His nomination papers indicate that at the time of his application for admittance on 23 February 1921 he was living at 2 Observatory Gardens, Kensington but that he was to leave for Lucknow, India the following day to join H V Lanchester's office there.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Leven Shipyard, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1919Before 1917 
Item 2 of 4Sir John Anderson Great Priory, Harrold, Bedfordshire, EnglandBusiness19191921 
Item 3 of 42, Observatory Gardens, Kensington, London W, EnglandPrivate23 February 1921 *  
Item 4 of 4Lucknow, IndiaPrivate24 February 1921  

* 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 4Leiper & McNab8 October 19098 October 1913Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Leiper & McNab8 October 19138 December 1914Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department19171919ArchitectArchitect to Aerodrome Court
Item 4 of 4Henry Vaughan LanchesterFebruary 1921   


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Geoffry Lucas (or Geoffry Lucas)Mid 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3David Barclay NivenMid 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Herbert Hardy WigglesworthMid 1921for Associateship


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 no3252 (microfilm reel 25)