Basic Biographical Details

Name: Elizabeth Spittal (Mrs Edmonds)
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 January 1917
Died: 7 October 2002
Bio Notes: (Miss) Elizabeth Spittal was born at 40 Highburgh Drive, Partick, Glasgow on 7 January 1917, the daughter of Robert Spittal, drysalter, and his wife Clementia Mitchell Stewart. She attended day classes for the diploma programme at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1934 to 1937, 1938 to 1939 and 1941 to 1942, and gained practical experience in the office of James Carruthers in 1937-8, as well as preparing measured drawings for the National Buildings Record during the summer vacation in 1941. She passed the final exam at the GSA in June 1942, sat the professional practice exam in Edinburgh the following month, and was admitted ARIBA on 19 January 1943, her proposers being Professor William James Smith, Thomas Harold Hughes and John Wilson. She was also an Associate Member of the Town Planning Institute.

In 1950 she appears to have been based in Glasgow. She was elected ARIAS in 1964.

She resigned from her post as Deputy Director of Planning for Renfrew County Council in 1973, and resigned her RIBA membership in the same year, stating that all her interests were now in town planning. It was also in that year that she moved to Egham in Surrey.

She married Richard Edmonds in ___. He was also a town planner. They later divorced.

She died on 7 October 2002 at Victoria Infirmary Annexe, Glasgow.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 41, Eastwoodmains Road, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate 2002 
Item 2 of 45, Princes Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1943 *  
Item 3 of 436, Clarence Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950After 1970 
Item 4 of 4Luddington, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, EnglandPrivate/business1973  

* 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 3Renfrew County Council Planning Department 1973Depute Director 
Item 2 of 3James Carruthers19371938Assistant(?)Office experience for two years in between studies
Item 3 of 3National Buildings Record (NBR)Mid 1941Mid 1941 summer vacation work


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes19 January 1943for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Professor) William James Smith19 January 1943for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson19 January 1943for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8158 (combined box 205)