Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ronald Davidson Cruickshank
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 July 1900
Died: 25 July 1983
Bio Notes: Ronald Davidson Cruickshank was born on 4 July 1900, the son of John Alexander Cruickshank, commercial book-keeper, and his wife Mary Ann Shepherd Davidson. He served his articles in Aberdeen City Architect's Department from January 1924 to December 1928, attending evening classes at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College. He remained in the same office as assistant, leaving in July 1939 to take up a post as clerk of works in the War Department, R E Works Services. In April 1942 he was promoted to Civilian Garrison Engineer. He was admitted LRIBA on 14 November 1944, his proposers being John Gibb Marr, George Angus Mitchell, and Alexander Buchanan Gardner, who wrote of Cruickshank: 'He has an extensive general experience of architectural practice. This experience extends over the design and layout of housing schemes, design of buildings usually undertaken by official architects, e.g. hospitals.'

By 1950 Cruickshank had taken a post in the Burgh Architect's office in Peterhead, though it is not clear if he actually held the position of Burgh Architect.

He died at the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen on 25 July 1983, survived by his wife, Helen Sinclair Taylor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 335, Clifton Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate 1983 
Item 2 of 331, Morningside Avenue, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1944 *  
Item 3 of 3Municipal Offices, Peterhead, Abedeenshire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)January 1924December 1928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)December 19281939Assistant 
Item 3 of 4War DepartmentJuly 1939March 1942Clerk of WorksIn R E Works Services, Aberdeen
Item 4 of 4War DepartmentApril 1942After 1944 Civilian Garrison Engineer in R E Works Services, Aberdeen

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Buchanan Gardner14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Gibb Marr14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Angus Mitchell14 November 1944for Licentiateship

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5670 (combined box 94)