Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Pye
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 March 1911
Died: 25 December 1994
Bio Notes: Alexander Pye was born on 19 March 1911, in Dysart, the son of David Pye, linoleum worker and his wife Margaret Steel Kirk.

He was articled to Gillespie & Scott of St Andrews from 1926 to 1931, attending classes in Kirkcaldy. Around 1932 he joined the Premises Department of the National Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh as an architectural assistant, and it was presumably at this time that he attended classes in that city. He was promoted to Architect and Master of Works in 1937 and was still in that post when he was admitted LRIBA on 15 December 1942, his proposers being John Ross McKay, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and John Wilson. Pye had been elected ARIAS in May 1940. He lived in Kirkcaldy. By 1954 Pye had a post with the National Bank of Scotland. He remained working for the bank after the National Commercial Bank merged with the Royal Bank and was still there in 1970.

By 1979 Pye was working from home in Queensferry Road.

Pye died on 25 December 1994 at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. He was survived by his wife, Margaret Isabella Macmurchy and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3200, Overton Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1942 *  
Item 2 of 3National Bank of Scotland/42, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1942 *After 1965(?)Journal ref, at this address in 1952
Item 3 of 3582, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 19751994Both private and business address in 1981.

* 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 1Gillespie & Scott19261931Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan15 December 1942for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay15 December 1942for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson15 December 1942for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 228 March 1952National Bank of Scotland, Renfield Street  GlasgowScotlandTo prepare plans for alterations and additions
Item 2 of 220 November 1953National Bank of Scotland  GlasgowScotlandPlans in hand for alterations and additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 7RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 3 of 7RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 4 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder28 March 1952  p500
Item 2 of 3Builder20 November 1953  p814
Item 3 of 3RIAS NewsletterMay 1995v6, no4 Death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5272 (combined box 67)