Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander John Dawson
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: Alexander 'Alex' John Dawson came from Broughty Ferry. He studied for the diploma in architecture at Dundee College of Art and was elected ARIBA in 1956. He worked for Basil Spence's Edinburgh practice in the 1960s where he remained until at least 1970. He was elected ARIAS in 1964. By 1975 he was practising as Alex J Dawson from his house in Newbattle. He is thought to have retired to the Aberdeen area.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 514, Airlie Crescent, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandPrivate1956 *  
Item 2 of 5Edinburgh, Scotland 1960s  
Item 3 of 540, Moray Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1964 * Spence's address
Item 4 of 5Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland Before 196  
Item 5 of 5Barondale House, Newbattle, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate/business1975 *  

* 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 & Partners1960s *  Role and precise dates unclear
Item 2 of 2Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson1960s *After 1970 Role and precise dates unclear

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 11960sHutchesontown / Gorbals Area C Housing RedevelopmentHutchesontown/Gorbals GlasgowScotlandworking for Basil Spence & Partners on service industries buildings in the development


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press LtdpXI A 1958 sketch perspective of Hutchesontown / Gorbals Area 'C' proposed blocks
pXII Demolition of Hutchesontown 'C' September 1993
p20, p39, p92-4, p98-102, p144-7 Hutchesontown Area C
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010)