Basic Biographical Details

Name: Denis Michael Alastair Shewan
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 June 1926
Died: 21 May 2006
Bio Notes: Denis Michael Alastair Shewan was born on 8 June 1926, the son of John Shewan, headmaster, and his wife Jean Isobel Moodie, a school teacher of English. He studied for the Diploma in Architecture at Aberdeen School of Achitecture. He was elected ARIBA in 1954. He travelled out to Canada with Derry Menzies Robertson and they worked in the same office, Adamson & Associates. He spent a number of years in Canada from at least 1957 to 1960 but always intended to return as he retained his house at 45 Queen's Road. He returned to Scotland and took over the practice of T Scott Sutherland in Aberdeen on the latter's death in 1963. The name of the practice was Scott Sutherland Design Associates.

Shewan was elected ARIAS in 1965 and FRIBA in 1968. By 1984 he was working on his own as Michael Shewan. He transferred to the retired class of the RIAS in 1998 at which time he had not practised for some time owing to failing eyesight.

Outwith his professional life he was an accomplished piano player.

Shewan died in on 21 May 2006 aged 79. He was survived by by his wife Jean Mitch or Lewis, an artist.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Aberdeen, Scotland    
Item 2 of 645, Queen's Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivatec. 1954After 1979 
Item 3 of 63054A, Yonge Street, Toronto, CanadaPrivate1957 *After 1960 
Item 4 of 69, Hamilton Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness(?)1965 *  
Item 5 of 6461, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessLate 1960sAfter 1970 
Item 6 of 6Scania, St Leonards Road , Forres, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19842006 

* 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 1Scott Sutherland Design Associates1963Before 1984Director(?) 

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 91963Bydand Estates HousingAiryhall AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 2 of 91963Bydand Estates HousingMurtle AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 91963Bydand Estates HousingBanchory Kincardineshire/AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 4 of 91964Gray's School of Art (modern building)  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 91965Holborn Bar  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 91969Hotel and supermarketEllon  Scotland 
Item 7 of 9Before 1975Clydesdale Bank, Great Western Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 9Before 1975Georgian restaurant, College BoundsOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotland 
Item 9 of 9Before 1975Tube ice plant, Peterhead HarbourPeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 11Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p594
Item 2 of 11Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp158 Gray's School of Art
Item 3 of 11RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 4 of 11RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 11RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 6 of 11RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 7 of 11RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 8 of 11RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 9 of 11RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 10 of 11RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   
Item 11 of 11RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered Architect2006v19, no2 Summer issue - death note

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 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership