Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Alexander Cameron Macfarlane (or McFarlane)
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 April 1908
Bio Notes: Robert Alexander Cameron Macfarlane (or McFarlane) was born at 5 The Square, Aberfeldy, on 8 April 1908, the son of Robert Macfarlane, slater, and his wife, Anne Cameron McKinnon who had married in Stirling in 1906. He was an articled apprentice to John (or James?) Kerr in Lanark for three years from 1925, studying at Glasgow School of Art. He then worked for five-and-a-half years for the County Architects Office in Lanarkshire under John Stewart, followed by a year in the equivalent office in Perthshire under A Watt Alison. In or around 1935 he left Scotland to work for the Denbighshire County Architect in Wales. He passed the qualifying exam in 1940 and was admitted ARIBA on 12 November that year, his sole proposer being J Stuart Reilly of London, whom he may have met while studying at the School of Planning and Research, Gordon Square. By that time he had been promoted to Chief Assistant in the Denbighshire office.

Macfarlane was elected FRIBA on 3 October 1961, proposed by Herbert Carr, F C Roberts and H Anthony Clark. His nomination papers state that he had been responsible for 24 Denbighshire schools, four fire stations, three homes for the elderly, a children's home, 12 Fasal Group houses, five health clinics, three police stations, and two magistrates' courts, among others.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1County Architect's office, Grove Park, Wrexham, Denbighshire, WalesBusiness1970 *  

* 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 4James Kerr19251928ApprenticeMacfarlane's RIBA nomination paper appears to say 'John Kerr', but this is probably an error as James Kerr was practising in Lanark
Item 2 of 4Lanarkshire County Architect's Department19281933 or 1934AssistantUnder John Stewart, County Architect
Item 3 of 4Perth & Kinross County Council Architects' Department1933 or 19341935 Under A Watt Alison, County Architect
Item 4 of 4Denbighshire County Architect's Office1935After 1940Chief AssistantWas Chief Assistant by 1940, if not before


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Herbert Carr3 October 1961for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4H Anthony Clark3 October 1961for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4J Stuart Reilly12 November 1940for Associateship
Item 4 of 4F C Roberts3 October 1961for Fellowship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7724 (stored under F5526); F no 5526 (combined box 85)