Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Donaldson
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 October 1897
Died: 1977
Bio Notes: John Donaldson was born on 2 October 1897. He was articled to Henry Higgins in Glasgow from 1914-16 but his apprenticeship was interrupted by the Forst World War. He served with the Royal Scots Fusiliers from 1916-18, and at the cease of hostilities, completed his articles with Cullen Lochead & Brown. From 1919 until 1922 he studied at Hemilton Academy Technical School and from 1923-25 at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical School, during which period he worked as an assistant with Cullen Lochead & Brown. In 1925 he took a post as chief assistant to John D MacLeod, Doncaster & Wakefield (perhaps John Duncan MacLeod?) and from 1945 until at least 1949 was an assistant with the architects' department, Wakefield Corporation.

He remained in Wakefield for the rest of his career and died there in 1977, his death registered between January and March.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 12, Poplar Avenue, Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivateAfter 1925  

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 5Henry Higgins19141916Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Alex Cullen, Lochhead & Brown19191921Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5Cullen, Lochhead & Brown19211925Assistant 
Item 4 of 5John Duncan MacLeod19251945Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Wakefield Corporation Architects' Department1945After 1949Assistant 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no6419 (Combined Box 138)