Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert ('Bob') Dawson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1930
Died: 24 December 2009
Bio Notes: Robert Dawson (generally known as Bob) was born in 1930 and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1955. He first worked in the Edinburgh office of Robert Matthew before joining that of Alan Reiach. He was elected ARIAS in 1959.

In the early 1960s he sought experience abroad, spending two years in the Toronto office of Ashworth, Robbie, Vaughan & Williams, but he returned to Reiach in 1964. He stayed with him when the practice was combined with that of Eric Hall as Alan Reiach Eric Hall & Partners in the following year. The firm's work in the ensuing years consisted largely of offices, churches and university buildings.

Dawson left in the mid-1970s to work for the Common Services Agency (CSA) Health Division, which was responsible for a number of major hospital projects and community health clinics.

He retired in the early 1990s, and thereafter continued to indulge his interest in architecture through international travel. He also enjoyed reading and gardening.

He was diagnosed with cancer in mid-2009 and died on Christmas Eve that year, survived by his wife Mary, son Eric, daughter Pamela and four grandsons.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh, Scotland    
Item 2 of 21, Corstorphine Hill Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 7Robert Hogg Matthewc. 1955c. 1956Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 7Alan Reiachc. 19561959  
Item 3 of 7Alan Reiach & Partners1959c. 1962  
Item 4 of 7Ashworth, Robbie, Vaughan & Williamsc. 19621964  
Item 5 of 7Alan Reiach & Partners19641965  
Item 6 of 7Alan Reiach Eric Hall & Partners1965Mid 1970s  
Item 7 of 7Scottish Health Services Common Services AgencyMid 1970sEarly 1990s  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2010SpringRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p.111: obituary

Archive References

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