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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald Eric Sutton
Designation: Architect
Born: January 1935
Died: November 2011
Bio Notes: Donald ('Don') Sutton was born near Southport and was educated at King George IV School. He studied architecture at Liverpool University under Ernst Wiesner who encouraged him to develop his talent for sketching and painting in watercolour. During his degree he spent a period of time in Munich but returned to Liverpool to complete his studies. He stayed on for a further post-graduate degree in civic design.

His first post was in the office of William Holford which had been awarded the commission to design the new science campus at the University of St Andrews. Apart from a brief period when he worked for the Department of the Environment in Newcastle he was to spend the rest of his career in Scotland. He was elected ARIAS in 1962. After working as an associate with Wheeler & Sproson, he moved to a post as senior planner with the Scottish Development Department. His experience in Germany enabled him to forge professional connections between Scotland and the Continent. After he retired he spent ten years as a part-time reported dealing with planning appeals for the Scottish Office.

Outwith his professional life he enjoyed a wide range of leisure pursuits: riding, skiing, sailing and fishing. He enjoyed playing jazz on the piano and was an officer with the TA as well as a church elder.

He died in November 2011, survived by his wife Jane, a doctor, and their four sons and ten grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Bowstones Hall Crescent, Gullane, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1962  


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Frank Sproson4 February 1970For Fellowship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2012SpringRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p97

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  


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