Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arnold McKenzie Hunter
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 September 1914
Died: 3 March 1981
Bio Notes: Arnold McKenzie Hunter was born on 10 September 1914, the son of David Kirkwood Hunter, engineer and his wife Helen Davie. He studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from 1932 to 1938. He spent the year 1935-36 in the office of Frederick John Wills & Son in London, and the summers of 1937 and 1938 in that of Leslie Grahame-Thomson in Edinburgh. He obtained his diploma in June 1938 and was exempted from the final exam, and the following September joined H M Office of Works in London. He was admitted ARIBA on 19 June 1939, his proposers being Grahame-Thomson, Archibald Bulloch and Charles Whitby.

Hunter was working for Lloyd's Bank immediately after the Second World War, but had moved to France by 1950. This was possibly because his wife, Nugette Grandpre, was French although it is possible that they met after he moved there.

He resigned his membership of the RIBA in 1975. He died on 3 March 1981 at the Erskine Hospital, Bishopton, though his home address was given as being in Paris. His cause of death was given as broncopneumonia and brain damage following an operation for accoustic neuroma. This condition had presumbly been a result of war injuries. His wife had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 541-49, Rue de Passy, Paris, FrancePrivate 1981 
Item 2 of 520, Gordon Street, London, EnglandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 5c/o Lloyd's Bank Ltd, Horseferry Road, London, EnglandBusiness(?)1946 *  
Item 4 of 5FrancePrivate/businessBefore 1950After 1975 
Item 5 of 522, Avenue Suffren, Paris, FrancePrivate/business(?)1970 *  

* 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 4F J Wills & Son19351936Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)July 1937August 1938Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)August 1937September 1937Assistant 
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)September 1938 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Archibald Bulloch19 June 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)19 June 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Whitby19 June 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 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no7212 (combined box 179)