Basic Biographical Details

Name: Graeme Gibson Dobson
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 May 1912
Died: February 1982
Bio Notes: Graeme Gibson Dobson was born on 16 May 1912 and began his professional training in an unspecified architect's office in Scotland in 1929, attending a technical school course at the same time. In October 1933 he was admitted into the second year of the five-year diploma course at Liverpool School of Architecture, during which he spent vacations and the summer term of the fourth year gaining experience in architects' offices. He was awarded a Distinction for his diploma in June 1937. He was admitted ARIBA on 7 January 1941, his proposers being Lionel B Budden, Edward R F Cole and Bernard A Miller. His nomination papers give no work address but state that he was living at Foswell View, Montrose Road, Auchterarder. By 1950 he had moved to Kinkell House in the same town. By 1970 he was a partner with William Holford & Associates. His address was 25 Melville Street, Edinburgh at that date, suggesting he may be the Dobson of planning consultants Whitfield, Lee Evans & Dobson, who were at that address in 1964. His home address was 16 Mentone Terrace, Edinburgh in 1962, when he becamse an Associate of the RIAS.

Dobson had retired by 1980 and requested to resign his RIBA membership as of 31 August 1979. He died in February 1982. He was survived by his wife Gillian.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Kinkell House, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland    
Item 2 of 5Links House, Kennedy Avenue, Dornoch, Sutherland, ScotlandPrivate 1982address at time of death
Item 3 of 5Foswell View, Montrose Road, Auchterarder, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1941 *  
Item 4 of 516, Mentone Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1962 *  
Item 5 of 525, Melville Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness(?)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 2Whitfield, Lee Evans & Dobson1964 * Partner(?)Uncertain whether this is the right Dobson
Item 2 of 2William Holford & AssociatesBefore 1970After 1975Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Lionel Bailey Budden7 January 1941for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Edward Robinson Ferdinand Cole7 January 1941for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Bernard A Miller7 January 1941for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert Thomas Rhind4 June 1969For Fellowship

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 151960sKingston Bridge over Clyde, Carnoustie Street  GlasgowScotlandConsultant for landscape works
Item 2 of 151963Glasgow Highway Plan design elements  GlasgowScotlandReports, landscaping and design details for work in association with the Highway plan
Item 3 of 151963University of St Andrews, physics, mathematics and chemistry development plan and computingSt Andrews FifeScotlandChemistry Maths and Physics blocks
Item 4 of 151966Shopping CentreBishopbriggs GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 151966Traffic control computer centre  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 151967Offices and shopsBishopbriggs GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 151967Report of Policy of High Buildings  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 151974Forth Street, central section  EdinburghScotlandInterior remodelled (had been previously converted to a warehouse).
Item 9 of 15Before 19759-10 Woodside Crescent  GlasgowScotlandRestoration
Item 10 of 15Before 1975Block of luxury flats  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 15Before 1975Civil Service College  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 15Before 1975Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for Scotland (DAFS), marine laboratory and boiler houseTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 13 of 15Before 1975Multi-storey car park, Cambridge Street  GlasgowScotlandConsultants for car park
Item 14 of 15Before 1975Telephone ExchangeDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandExtension
Item 15 of 15Early 1970sSt George's Cross Motorway Interchange  GlasgowScotlandLandscaping and planting


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp77-8 Drawings of the Highway Plan
p80-1 Aerial and oblique photographs of West and North Flanks. Dated 1969 and 1974. Bridge can be seen under construction and after completion.
p82 1988 view of Kingston Bridge
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 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7755 (combined box 198)