Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander McDonald Heaton
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1928
Bio Notes: Alexander McDonald Heaton studied at Glasgow School of Architecture. He was elected ARIBA in 1953. He worked for Alister G Macdonald in London from 1953-54, moving to Bowden Son & Partners in 1954. In 1957 he emigrated to Canada where he worked in Ottawa initially in the practice of Balharrie Helmar & Morin from 1957-59. He moved in the latter year to the practice of Burgess, McLean & McPhadyen. In 1961 he took a post as associate architect in the firm Schoeler & Barkham and became a full partner in 1964. The name changed to Schoeler Barkham & Heaton before 1968 and by 1970 was Barkham & Heaton.

He was a council member of the Ontario Institute of Architects. He remained in Canada and was elected FRIBA in 1968, proposed by Alister MacDonald, Jack Coia and Z M Stankiewicz of Ottawa.

During his time in Ottawa his work had been recognized by the Ontario Association of Architects by six awards of excellence between 1964 and 1968 and he had received a Gold Medal for the design of the Canadian Pavilion at the Triennale in Milan in 1964. Alister Gladstone MacDonald's stated in support of his application for Fellowship that he came to the office in August 1952, just qualified) to join a young team involved in a major Government project overseas which was breaking fresh ground and he proved a 'likeable and valuable colleague and a job architect of talent. The sound basis of his technical knowledge, his keenness, his imagination and capacity to illustrate his ideas indicated that he was of higher than average competence'.

His work in the Ottawa area included leisure and commercial buildings, schools and churches.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4226, Creighton Avenue, London, EnglandPrivate1955 *  
Item 2 of 4536, Tweedsmuir Avenue, Ottawa, CanadaPrivate(?)Before 1960(?) *After 1965 
Item 3 of 4166, Carling Avenue, Ottawa, CanadaPrivate1968 *  
Item 4 of 4148, Bank Street, Ottawa, CanadaBusinessBefore 1968After 1984 

* 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 6Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)19531954Assistant Architect 
Item 2 of 6Bowden Son & Partners19541957Architect 
Item 3 of 6Balharrie, Helmar & Morin19571959Architect 
Item 4 of 6Burgess McLean & McPhadyen19591961Architect 
Item 5 of 6Schoeler & Barkham19611964Associate 
Item 6 of 6Schoeler Barkham & Heaton1964After 1968Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia4 December 1968For Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Alister Gladstone MacDonald (or Alistair Gladstone MacDonald)4 December 1968For Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Z M Stankiewicz4 December 1968For Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1961-62   
Item 2 of 5RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Derry RobertsonInformation via 'Contact Us' on website  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersF 6558 (Box 146)