Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Hughes Robertson
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 January 1929
Died: April 1996
Bio Notes: Alexander Hughes Robertson was born on 20 January 1929. He studied for the diploma in architecture at Durham. He was elected ARIBA in 1954.

from 1954-55 he worked as an assistant architect in the Sunderland Borough Architect's Department followed by a year in a similar post in the Durham County Architect's Department. From 1956-59 he in Singapore where he worked for the Singapore Improvement Trust on the design and construction of 3-and 7-storey flats. He also lectured part-time at the Polytechnic in Singapore. However he was retired because of political changes in the move towards independence.

In 1959 Robertson returned to England and joined Richard Turley & Associates with a view to becoming a partner. However he transferred to Littlewoods Mail Order stores as Assistant Chief Architect with five qualified architects to assist him. At this time Reginald Chatterton was chief architect. He was still with Littlewoods when he applied for Fellowship of the RIBA in 1968. His proposers were Reginald Chatterton, C Harold Woodley and G C Leopard. His job with Littlewoods carried considerable responsibility. Within a year he managed projects worth 1.5 to 2 million. His work required knowledge of construction, administration, contracts and programming and briefing of specialist consultants to ensure clients' requirements were met on time and on budget.

Robertson died in April 1996 at Birkenhead, Cheshire.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Littlewoods Mail Order Stores/Spinney house, Church Street, Liverpool, EnglandBusiness1960s  
Item 2 of 230, Darmonds Green, West Kirby, Cheshire, EnglandPrivate1968 *  

* 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 5Sunderland Borough Architect's Department19541955Assistant 
Item 2 of 5Durham County Council Architect's Department19551956Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Singapore Improvement Trust19561959Architect 
Item 4 of 5Richard Turley & Associates19591960Senior Architect 
Item 5 of 5Littlewoods Architects Department1960 Assistant Chief 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Reginald Chatterton4 December 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Gordon Charles Leopard4 December 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3C Harold Woodley4 December 1968For Fellowship


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 PapersF 6521 (Box 144)