Basic Biographical Details

Name: Allan Barrowman Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 June 1913
Bio Notes: Allan Barrowman Wilson was born at The Stables Bellside Ayr on 20 June 1913, the son of John Wilson, stud groom, and his wife Isabella Barrowman Young. He was articled to William Meikle in Ayr and after Meikle's death completed his articles with Alexander Mair, also in Ayr. From 1932 -35 he studied initially part-time (later full-time) at Glasgow School of Art. In June 1936 he was awarded the Intermediate Certificate, winning the T L Watson Memorial Book Prize and the Gilt medallion for excellence.

From 1934-38 he was an assistant in the office of Cullen Lochhead & Brown in Hamilton and from 1939-1940 he spent 18 months with Sam Bunton in Glasgow.

From 1940-45 he served in the army, two and a half years in the artillery and two and a half years in the Royal Engineers. He was commissioned in 1943 and had reached the rank of Lieutenant in June 1945 when he was demobilized.

From June 1945 he was a partner in the practice McCulloch & Wilson in Ayr but left to set up business on his own account on the Isle of Arran in March 1947. This may not have prospered as he spent a year in Canada from September 1949 to October 1950 working for the Vancouver School Board, architectural department. He returned to Scotland in November 1950 and took a post as chief assistant to Alexander Dunlop in Kilmarnock.

He was elected LRIBA in 1952, his propsers being Lockhart Hutson, Thomas S Cordiner and Gabriel Steel.

By 1960 Wilson had returned to Canada and had resumed work for the Vancouver School Board. He is no longer listed in the RIBA Directory in 1965. He died in British Columbia. His wife was Sarah McCallum McKinnon.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Cooper Angus, Whiting Bay, Argyll & Bute, ScotlandPrivate/business1947 *  
Item 2 of 5Union Bank Buildings/130, High Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1948  
Item 3 of 567, Bentinck Drive, Troon, Ayrsahire, ScotlandPrivate1952 *  
Item 4 of 53380, West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, CanadaPrivate(?)1954 *  
Item 5 of 51595, West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, CanadaBusiness1960 *  

* 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 8William Meikle19281931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Alexander Mair19311934Apprentice 
Item 3 of 8Alex Cullen, Lochhead & Brown19341938Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Sam Bunton19391940Assistant 
Item 5 of 8McCulloch & WilsonJune 1945March 1947Partner 
Item 6 of 8Vancouver School Board Architects' DepartmentSeptember 1949October 1950Architect 
Item 7 of 8Alexander DunlopNovember 1950After 1952Chief Assistant 
Item 8 of 8Vancouver School Board Architects' DepartmentBefore 1957 *After 1960Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Smith Cordiner7 October 1952For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Lockhart Whiteford Hutson7 October 1952For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Gabriel Steel7 October 1952For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5   
Item 2 of 5RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   

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 PapersL6530 (Box 144)