Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ramsay Manners Dewar
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 April 1931
Died: 30 April 2006
Bio Notes: Ramsay Manners Dewar was born on 4 April 1931, the son of William Shaw Dewar, solicitor, and his wife Dorothea Kathleen Macrae. He studied at Aberdeen School of Architecture and worked in the Edinburgh office of Basil Spence & Partners from August 1955 to July 1956 during his studies. He later worked in Spence's London office. He was elected ARIBA in 1963. His address is given in Dingwall from before 1960 until at least 1970. In the early 1970s he worked in the Moray & Nairn County Architects office in Elgin (was he County Architect?)

He is not listed in the 1979 directory. In 1984 he is listed as having a further qualification (ACIarb) and was working for CIE Consulting Engineers in Saudi Arabia, presumably working on the construction of Dharan International Airport. In 1994 he was still with the same company but working on Taif General Hospital in Saudi Arabia. By this date he was FRSA.

He died at Moss Park Nursing Home, Lochyside on 30 April 2006. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Allanfield West, Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960After 1970 
Item 2 of 4c/o 12, South Park Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1963 Family home? Given in RIAS records along address in Dingwall.
Item 3 of 4PO Box 759/Dharan International Airport, Saudi ArabiaBusiness1984 *  
Item 4 of 4PO Box 3401, Taif, Saudi ArabiaBusiness1994 *  

* 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 2Basil Spence & PartnersAugust 1955July 1956AssistantIn Edinburgh office, during year out from studies at Aberdeen
Item 2 of 2(Sir) Basil Urwin SpenceBefore 1961After 1965 Working for one of Spence's London practices

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 21961(?)Sussex University Halls of Residence  SussexEnglandWorking in Basil Spence's London office (possibly on other University of Sussex buildings)
Item 2 of 21965British Pavilion, Expo '67  MontrealCanadaWorking for Sir Basil Spence in his London office


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 5RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1994A Directory of RIBA Members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 4RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 4School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James  
Item 4 of 4Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010)