Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Archibald Munro
Born: 10 February 1918
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 :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2The Croft, Dochfour Drive, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *After 1970 
Item 2 of 262, Academy Street, Inverness, Inverness-shireBusinessBefore 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):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Munro & Co1948 Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Howard John Chitty21 July 1971For Fellowship
Item 2 of 2Edward Alexander Meldrum6 October 1965For Fellowship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 15After 1948Braelangwell HouseResolis Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations?
Item 2 of 15After 1948Glenalbyn BarInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 3 of 15After 1948Morvich LodgeRogart SutherlandScotlandReconstruction
Item 4 of 15After 1948Teaninich HouseAlness Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations?
Item 5 of 15After 1948Tressady LodgeRogart SutherlandScotlandReconstruction
Item 6 of 15After 1948Warehouse for Mr F A CameronInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 7 of 151960sFactory for A I WeldersInverness Inverness-shireScotlandExtension
Item 8 of 151960sNess-side HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 9 of 151960sTransport Depot for MacBraynesFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 10 of 151966Inverness Railway StationInverness Inverness-shireScotlandModernisation of passenger station
Item 11 of 15c. 1967Territorial Army Association CentreInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 12 of 15Before 1975Hamiltons Auction MartInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 13 of 15Before 1981Army Cadet Force Dormitory Unit Inverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 14 of 15Before 1981Highlands and Islands Development Board Advance Factory Units  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 15 of 15Before 1981Royal Insurance officesInverness Inverness-shireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press 
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 :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Ian A Munro: A no9355, F no 5084 (Combined Box 55)