Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Ferguson
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 January 1909
Died: 2 August 1995
Bio Notes: David Ferguson was born on 26 January 1909, the son of James Ferguson, sawmill labourer, and his wife Ellen Gilmour. From August 1924 to August 1929 he was articled to Peter Sinclair of Methil while at the same time taking the evening course in building construction at Buckhaven Technical School and Heriot Watt College.

In 1929 he took a post as junior assistant with Fife Education Authority and studied architectural design at the evening course in Edinburgh College of Art. The following year he moved to a similar post with Alexander Mair of Ayr, being promoted to senior assistant in due course. He remained with Mair until December 1939 then moved again to become senior assistant with Sam Bunton in Glasgow.

At the outbreak of the Second World War Ferguson was appointed to the civilian staff of the Chief Royal Engineer working as War Department Valuer. A year later, in December 1940 he was appointed architect and surveyor with Scottish Aviation Ltd. In March 1944 he commenced practice in partnership with John Vallance Stevenson in Ayr.

He was admitted LRIBA in 1956. He continued in partnership with Stevenson until his retirement in 1979. He terminated his membership of the RIBA in 1984.

He died at Biggart Hospital Prestwick, aged 86 on 2 August 1995. His wife, Elizabeth Ritchie Blane(?) had predeceased him but he was survived by his son and grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 46, Carrick Gardens, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate 1995 
Item 2 of 416, Chalmers Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1950After 1972 
Item 3 of 420, Wellington Square, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1956  
Item 4 of 417, Barns Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1970 *After 1979 

* 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 5Peter SinclairAugust 1924August 1929Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Fife County Education Architect's Department19291930Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Alexander MairJune 19301938Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Sam BuntonDecember 1938 Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Stevenson & FergusonMarch 19441979(?)Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Andrew Carrick19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Govan Lindsay19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Gabriel Steel19 June 1956For 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 51958Sacred Heart RC ChurchGirvan AyrshireScotlandNew facade over old one
Item 2 of 51962St Andrews Free Church and hallAyr AyrshireScotlandBrick hall added
Item 3 of 51968Hourstons Drapery WarehouseAyr AyrshireScotlandAddition
Item 4 of 51969Supermarket, shops and officesTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 51969The Old Church, AyrAyr AyrshireScotlandHalls added


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 2 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterFebruary 1996v7, no1 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Edward BruceInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent December 2015. (Mr Bruce was a friend of Ferguson's son)
Item 2 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersL no6712 (Box 155)