Basic Biographical Details

Name: Dorothy Elizabeth Soper
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: Dorothy Elizabeth Soper studied full-time at the School of Art, Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen from September 1919 to June 1921. She then entered the office of Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon whilst continuing to attend evening classes at the School until June 1924. Nothing is known of her movements in the following year but she returned to full-time study in September 1925, completing her studies in June 1926 and passing the professional practice exam in July. She was admitted ARIBA on 29 November that year, her proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson junior, George Watt, and John Wilson Walker, who wrote in his supporting statement: 'I have been personally acquainted with her since [1914] & have followed her professional education as above with interest in which she distinguished herself'.

In the mid-1930s she was an assistant in the practice Wigglesworth & Marshall Mackenzie in London. She was a witness to one of the signatures at the formal dissolution of the partnership with David Stokes on 31 December 1934.

She later practised in Solihull, but ill-health forced her to retire in 1964 and she moved to a nursing home in Crieff, from where she resigned her RIBA membership in 1982. She had also been a member of the Birmingham Architectural Association.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Malcolm's Mount, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1926 *  
Item 2 of 4Solihull, Birmingham, EnglandBusinessAfter 1926  
Item 3 of 412, Ravenscroft Road, Olton, Solihull, Warwickshire, ScotlandPrivateEarly 1970s  
Item 4 of 4Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1982 *  

* 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 2Arthur Hay Livingstone MackinnonAugust 1921July 1924Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 2Wigglesworth & Marshall Mackenzie1930s Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Wilson Walker29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 2 of 3George Watt29 November 1926for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)29 November 1926for Associateship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Gazette4 October 1935   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4207 (box 5)
Item 2 of 2School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James