Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Walker Rennie Mackenzie
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 May 1911
Died: 7 July 1975
Bio Notes: Robert Walker Rennie Mackenzie was born on 17 May 1911, the son of George Alexander Mackenzie, solicitor, and his wife, Phoebe Gass McGowan. In 1933 he began the part-time course at Edinburgh College of Art concurrently serving his articles with the Edinburgh practice Reid & Forbes. In 1938 he changed to become a full-time student. However the Second World War interrupted his studies; he served with the Black Watch and reached the rank of captain by the time he was demobilised in 1945.

He resumed his studies at Edinburtgh College of Art later in 1945 and was admitted ARIBA in 1947, proposed by Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie (to whom Robert Mackenzie was probably related and who said in his statement that he had a 'high opinion of his capabilities'), Alfred Hugh Mottram and William Innes Thomson. At this time he has a post iwth edinburgh City Planning Department. In 1950 he was living at Juniper Green.

He later worked in the Perth & Kinross County Planning Office from which post he retired about 1973. He died on 7 July 1975, survived by his wife Anne Hay Inglis Pritchard, who was at that time in poor health. The firm of solicitors who were administering his affairs was Condie MacKenzie & Co. though it is unlikely they were related as the spelling of MacKenzie id not the same.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4336, Colinton Mains Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1947 *  
Item 2 of 411, Belmont Road, Juniper Green, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 447, Priory Place, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1970  
Item 4 of 414, Rose Terrace, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1973 *1975 

* 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 1Reid & Forbes19331938Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie14 January 1947For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram14 January 1947For Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Innes Thomson14 January 1947For 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 no8875 (Combined Box 218)