Basic Biographical Details

Name: Sydney Zimmermann
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 January 1911
Died: 27 October 1979
Bio Notes: Sydney Zimmerman was born on 2 January 1911, the son of Albert Eric Zimmermann, commercial traveller, and his wife Agnes Robertson. From 1927 to 1932 he served his articles with Thoms & Wilkie while studying at Dundee Technical College and School of Art. From 1932-34 he remained as part-time assistant in the same office completing his studies at the School of Architecture and University College Dundee. In 1934 he moved to become an assistant with Mills & Shepherd, moving to a similar post with Allan & Friskin and then to T Lindsay Gary's practice.

From 1937-40 he had a position as assistant to Wilson & Mason in London and at the same time studied at the School of Architecture, The Polytechnic. He returned to Scotland to the practice of T Lindsay Gray as assistant before 1947.

He was was admitted ARIBA in 1947, proposed by Donald Ross, William Salmond and H C Mason. In 1950 he was living and perhaps working in East Newport. He was taken into partnership by T Lindsay Gray in 1970. He retired in 1978 and died on Scotscraig Golf Course, Tayport, on 27 October 1979. He was survived by his wife, Isobel Brydie McQueen and his son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 415, West Road, Newport, Fife, ScotlandPrivate(?) 1979 
Item 2 of 4Woodside, Queen Street, East Newport, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 47, Ward Road, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1970  
Item 4 of 4Primrose Bank/15, West Road, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/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 7Thoms & Wilkie19271932Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7J M Wilson, H C Mason & Partners19271940Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Thoms & Wilkie19321934Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Thomas Lindsay GrayAfter 1934After 1937Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Allan & FriskinAfter 1934Before 1937Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Mills & ShepherdAfter 1934Before 1937Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Thomas Lindsay Gray19701978Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3H C Mason6 May 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Donald (F?) Ross6 May 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Salmond6 May 1947For Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 61959Printing works for D C Thomson  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 6After 1959Dundee Courier and Dundee Advertiser Offices  DundeeScotlandAlterations and additions?
Item 3 of 61972Shop for Menzies  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 61974Factory and offices for Bonar Long & Co  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 61974Low and Bonar's textile factory and George Bonar Memorial Club  DundeeScotlandGeorge Bonar Memorial Club and office alterations
Item 6 of 6Early 1970sClydesdale Bank branches  DundeeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp111
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 L no 6106 (Combined Box 120)