Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Ian Archibald Munro |
|Designation: || |
|Born: ||10 February 1918 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Ian Archibald Munro was born on 10 February 1918, the son of Thomas J Munro who established a practice in Inverness in 1898. From October 1936 to June 1939 Ian studied full-time at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art. He then sat the RIBA intermediate exam and became a student member of the Institute. He spent some time during his student years in the office of Tarbolton 7 Ochterlony and in 1939 he spent two weeks in the office of Stewart Kaye. He was also employed during the vacations in the family firm. From September 1939 to March 1946 he served in the Royal Engineers, being commissioned in 1941. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After demobilisation he returned to his studies, completing the diploma course in 1947 and being elected ARIBA in 1947, his proposers being Harold O Tarbolton, A H Mottram and John Ross McKay. He was awarded a travelling scholarship during his student years and spent some time travelling and sketching to Cambridge. |
After his father's early death in 1930, the practice was run by Thomas's cousin John Munro until Ian Archibald Munro was able to take over. He commenced practice in the family firm in 1947 and took full control as principal in July 1848. Munro became architect to the Territorial Association in Inverness-shire and was responsble for a number of projects in the area. He was also architect to the Sutherland Estates. The practice tackled a wide range of work including country houses, farm steading reconstructions, estate building alterations and private housing.
He was elected FRIAS in 1953 and FRIBA in early 1956, proposed by Alexander Cullen junior, Robert Carruthers Ballantyne and James Blackburn.
Ian was joined by his wife Joan who was trained as both architect and town planner but left the practice in 1952 to start a family and was replaced as partner by John H Chitty. Chitty remained with the firm until 1984. In 1981 Ian's son, Colin, joined the practice and became a partner in 1984.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this :|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|The Croft, Dochfour Drive, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland||Private||1950 *||After 1970|| |
|62, Academy Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire||Business||Before 1970(?)||After 1994|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Thomas Munro & Co||1948|| ||Partner|| |
|This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|Howard John Chitty||21 July 1971||For Fellowship|
|Edward Alexander Meldrum||6 October 1965||For Fellowship|
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this :|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this :|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||Ian A Munro: A no9355, F no 5084 (Combined Box 55)|