Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter Orr Forsyth
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 October 1927
Died: 11 April 2008
Bio Notes: Peter Orr Forsyth was born in Galston, Ayrshire, on 2 October 1927, the son of James Forsyth, motor mechanic, and his wife Mainnie Young Orr. He studied architecture at Glasgow Scool of Art and was admitted ARIBA in 1949. In 1951-52 he had a post with Ayrshire County Council.

In 1952 he emigrated to Southern Rhodesia where he later became Chief Architect to the Southern Rhodesian Government. In 1965 he moved to South Africa where he had a post with Cape Town City Council. He subsequently moved on to serve with Bisset & Co designing BP service stations. After that he joined the firm of Colyn & Meiring achitects. For a period of time prior to his retirement in 1989 he was chief architect to South African Airways.

Forsyth died on 11 April 2008.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 462, Orchard Road (or Street - sources vary), Galston, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1948  
Item 2 of 429, Orchard Street, Galston, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 * Check this address
Item 3 of 4PO Box 113, Causeway, Southern Rhodesia, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toPrivate1964  
Item 4 of 4Security Buildings, Exchange Place, Cape Town, South AfricaBusiness1970 *  

* 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 5Bisset & Co  Architect 
Item 2 of 5Colyn & Meiring  Architect 
Item 3 of 5Government of Southern Rhodesia  Chief Architect 
Item 4 of 5South African Airways 1989Chief Architect 
Item 5 of 5Ayr County Architect's Office19511952Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Forsyth's son, Alan ForsythInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent November 2011
Item 2 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births