Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald Norman Mill
Designation: Architect
Born: 3 March 1931
Died: 2 January 1981
Bio Notes: Donald Norman Mill was born on 3 March 1931, the son of James Mill, solicitor and later Procurator Fiscal of the City of Edinburgh, and his wife Isabella Richardson. He studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 1953. He was elected ARIBA and ARIAS in 1954. He worked in the offices of Basil Spence & Partners and Michael Laird in the mid-1950s, before moving to work in London. He had a post with Denys Lasdun & Partners in 1962 and became an associate in the practice in 1975.

Outwith his professional life, he was an outstanding photographer of landscape and architecture. His obituarist (probably Denys Lasdun) expressed the hope that a postumous exhibition would be held.

He died of drowning in the Finishaig Burn, Loch Nevis in 1981. He was married twice, first to Heather Lavell, a teacher, and second to Christina Ann Brookwell.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 541, Devonshire Hill, London, EnglandPrivate 1980 
Item 2 of 5Edinburgh 1950s *  
Item 3 of 57, Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1954 *  
Item 4 of 53, Circus Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1957  
Item 5 of 550, Queen Anne Street, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1964(?)After 1971 

* 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 1Basil Spence & PartnersBefore 1955After 1957 Role uncertain - probably as assistant?

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11955Scottish Agricultural Industries Fertilizer WorksLeith Edinburgh, MidlothianScotlandWorking for Basil Spence & Partners


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1971RIBA Directory 1971   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 5H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 5Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index  
Item 4 of 5RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 5 of 5Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010)