Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Duncan
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 May 1913
Died: 24 October 1999
Bio Notes: David Duncan was born on 29 May 1913, the son of David Duncan, postman and his wife, __Johnstone. He was articled to the firm of Maclaren Soutar Salmond in Dundee from 1930 to 1933. In the latter year he won the Leverhulme Scholarship which enabled him to move to London to study at the Architectural Association Schools and to seek wider experience in various offices which have yet to be identified. He travelled in England in 1937 and in Holland, Germany and Denmark in summer 1938, researching agricultural planning.

He passed the qualifying exam in July 1938 and was admitted ARIBA on 9 January 1939, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, Verner Owen Rees and Stephen Ernest Dykes Bower, respectively President and Honorary Secretary of the Architectural Association. By the time of his application for Associateship in November the previous year he had obtained a position in the Post Office Department of H M Office of Works, London.

He worked in Birmingham in the late 1940s, was living in Wigtownshire in the early 1950s, and by 1957 had joined the Department of Health in Edinburgh. He resigned his RIBA membership in 1976.

He died at home on 24 October 1999. He was survived by his wife, Annabelle Soutar Brown and one son who lived in Edinburgh and two daughters.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 445, Belgrave Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1999 
Item 2 of 479, Southam Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, EnglandPrivate/business(?)Before 1946After 1948 
Item 3 of 4Ballochjargon, Dunragit, Wigtownshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1950After 1955 
Item 4 of 4Kiloran/36, Cramond Road North, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1970 *After 1976 

* 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 3Maclaren Soutar Salmond19301933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1938 *  In Post Office Department, London office
Item 3 of 3Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)1957 *   

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Stephen Ernest Dykes Bower9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Verner Owen Rees9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar9 January 1939for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 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 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7008 (combined box 170)