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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald Gibson
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: CBE, FRIBA

Donald Gibson was Coventry City Architect and Planner in the immediate post-war period. From the late 1940s Gibson was part of group of well-established architects (including Robert Matthew, Stirrat Marshall-Johnson and Robert Gardner-Medwin) who took the lead in championing the role of the public architect and campaigning for increased public-architectural representation in the RIBA. Gibson was retained as external examiner to the Edinburgh College of Art architectural department circa 1950. Sometime before 1957 he became chief architect at the War Office. Gibson was knighted on 13 February 1962. During the early 1960s he was Honorary Secretary of the RIBA, and was President of the RIBA from 1964 to 1965.

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 2Coventry Corporation City Architect's Department1946 * Chief Architect 
Item 2 of 2War Office Architects DepartmentBefore 1957After 1957Chief Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Guy Barrie OddieLate 1945 or early 1946Before 1948Assistant(?)in Coventry City Architect's Department


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Bruce Probart Beckett17 July 1968For 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 11961RIBA-Ideal Home House CompetitionHarlow and Stockport  Englandassessor


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp129,130,147,237,275,309-10

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder6 October 1961  'Competition News: Housing Group Design' p628 - mention of Ideal Home/RIBA competition
Item 2 of 2Builder8 December 1961  'Competition News: RIBA-Ideal Home House Competition' p1081

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Guy OddieInterview of Guy Oddie by Jessica Taylor and Miles Glendinning, 13 January 2009 Information on Coventry role


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