Basic Biographical Details

Name: David (or erroneously Donald) Allan Stevenson
Designation: Architect
Born: 3 February 1909
Died: 26 April 1981
Bio Notes: David (or erroneously Donald) Allan Stevenson was born on 3 February 1909, the son of David Stevenson, gardener, and his wife, Agnes Allan Weir. He initially studied at Glasgow High School, where he learnt quantity surveying and the Agricultural College in Glasgow and Coatbridge Technical College where he attended courses in surveying and levelling, building construction and law. From 1924 he was articled to Colonel John Maurice Arthur in Airdrie whilst studying part-time at the School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College. He sudied art under Professor Sir Maurice Grieffenhagen. He was awarded certificates in town planning, sanitary inspection, legislation, municipal engineering (all with distinction) as well as surveying and levelling and sanitary engineering. He remained with Arthur as draughtsman after the completion of his articles.

From 1935 he had a post as senior draughtsman in the Architectural Department of the SCWS. His career was interrupted during the Second World War when he served as a sergeant fitter and draughtsman instructor with the RAF (Volunteer Reserve). He was admitted LRIBA on 15 April 1947, his proposers being John Maurice Arthur, Frank Russell Burnet and William McLean, secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. In 1950 his address was 5 Stanrigg Street, Plains, Airdrie.

He died on 26 April 1981 at his home in Chapelhall, Lanarkshire. He was survived by his wife Jessie Findlay Baillie and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2198, Main Street, Chapelhall, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)Before 1947After 1979 
Item 2 of 25, Stanrigg Street, Plains, near Airdrie, Lanarkshie, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *After 1953 

* 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 3John Maurice Arthur1924 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Maurice Arthurc. 1929 Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 3Scottish Co-Operative Wholesale Society (SCWS) Architectural Department (CWS Ltd Architecture & Design)19351946Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Maurice Arthur15 April 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Frank Russell Burnet15 April 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3___ McLean15 April 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 223 October 1953Church Hall, Russell StreetChapelhall LanarkshireScotlandPlans in hand for new church hall
Item 2 of 21955Sharp Memorial Church of the Nazarene, Calvey RoadBarlanark GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder23 October 1953  p640
Item 2 of 2Builder7 January 1955  p36

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 L no6091 (Combined Box 119)