Basic Biographical Details

Name: Leo Durnin & Partners
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Before 1964
Ended: Before 1973
Bio Notes: Leo Durnin was born in 1902 and studied at Robert Gordon's College during two periods, between 1917 and 1919 and between 1923 and 1924. He was articled to Wilson & Walker from July 1919 until 1922 and at that point transferred to Ballantine & Taylor where remained as assistant until August 1923. In December of that year he moved to Leek in North Staffordshire to become an assistant to Robert Thelwall Longden but returned to Aberdeen in April 1926 to take up a post on the Housing Department of Aberdeen Town Council. In that year he was admitted ARIBA.

In or around 1932 he was involved with the building of the Bon Accord Baths. In 1936-37 he visited Holland to study Dudok's buildings and after his return he re-joined the City Architect's office in 1938. He was still linked to that office in the 1960s, but by 1964 he had established the practice of Leo Durnin & Partners with an office at 252 Union Street, an address he had held from at least 1950. By 1973 he had taken Alan Booth Minto and Ian Strachan into partnership as Durnin, Minto & Strachan. They were joined by Michael McLeod at some point thereafter.

Durnin died shortly before 16 November 1988 at Nazareth House, Claremont Street, Aberdeen.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1252 Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Leo DurninBefore 1964Before 1973Partner 
Item 2 of 2Ian Copland Farquhar1965 * Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965