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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Stewart Donald
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 January 1938
Bio Notes: William Stewart Donald was born on 17 January 1938 in Ernakulam, India, the son of George Donald, engineer with The Burmah Shell Oil Company , and his wife Margaret MacDonald Tait. He studied at the School of Architecture in Aberdeen from 1956 -1962 and was awarded the RIAS Lorimer Memorial Prize in1960. He was elected ARIBA and made ARIAS in 1965.

In 1962 he moved to Falkirk where he began his professional career with the Burgh Architect's Department from 1962-1964. He then worked for The British Aluminium Company Scottish Engineer's Office in Edinburgh from 1964 -1966, before moving to the practice of Wilson & Wilson in Falkirk in 1966. In 1968 he joined Alison, Hutchison and Partners, Edinburgh, initially as a Senior Architect, then as an Associate Partner, before becoming a Partner in 1971, when he ran the Glasgow office at 2 Fitzroy Place. He remained with them till 1977.

On the the death of the senior partner, Robert Hutchison and following changes in the practice he moved abroad to start a new phase of his career. He held several senior positions in Libya, Kuwait. Iraq and Saudi Arabia. From 1989 -2003 he worked on the Al Yamamah Project in Saudi Arabia for British Aerospace, first as Design Manager for Scott, Wilson & Kirkpatrick, Consultants to British Aerospace on classified facilites construction, then latterly as Senior Project Engineer in the British Aerospace Defence Infrastructure Team. He retired from practice in 2003.

Donald and his family have maintained their home in Falkirk since 1962 and he and his wife now live in retirement there.

His work abroad is listed here:

After 1977

Wadi Zem Zem Master Plan Wadi Zem Libya
Central and District Police Headquarters Tripoli Libya
Police Cadet Training College Tripoli Libya
Hotel and Tourist Complex prototype plans Tripoli Libya

After 1978:

King Faisal University Campus Project Dammam KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Deanery of Student Affairs, King Faisal University Al Hasa KSA
Veterinary Hospital and Research Centre Al Hasa KSA
Expatriate Private School, Jubail Industrial City Jubail KSA
Satellite Housing projects and District Centres
for The National Guard Riyadh KSA

After 1983:

Communications HQ for The National Bank of Kuwait Kuwait Ci Kuwait


The Haifa Street Redevelopment Project - The Ministry
of Justice HQ Building and the Ministry of Municipalities
HQ Building. Baghdad Iraq

After 1986:

The Oil Complex Project for The Ministry of Oil HQ Baghdad Iraq

After 1989:

A broad spectrum of classified Facilities
under the Al Yamamah Defence Project between
the Governments of Great Britain and Saudi Arabia Riyadh KSA

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 860, Slamannan Road, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1962  
Item 2 of 8Saudi ArabiaPrivate/business19781983 
Item 3 of 8Tripoli, LibyaBusiness1979 *  
Item 4 of 82, Fitzroy Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessEarly 1970s  
Item 5 of 8KuwaitPrivate/business1983  
Item 6 of 8Bagdad, IraqPrivate/business19841986 
Item 7 of 8Saudi ArabiaPrivate/business19892003 
Item 8 of 8British Aerospace/PO Box 1732, Riyadh 11441, Saudi ArabiaBusiness19952003 

* 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 11Falkirk Town Council Architect's/Engineer's Department19621964Architect 
Item 2 of 11British Aluminium Company Architects Department19641966ArchitectActual role: Project Architect
Item 3 of 11Wilson & Wilson19661968Architect 
Item 4 of 11Alison & Hutchison & Partners1968 *1977Partner 
Item 5 of 11Ministry of Municipalities19771988Architect 
Item 6 of 11Arabconsult-Consulting Engineers19781983Chief Architect 
Item 7 of 11Al Marzouk, Abi Hannah & Partners19831983ArchitectProject architect.
Item 8 of 11Wolff & Muller19841986Chief ArchitectHead of Technical Bureau
Item 9 of 11INGRA Business Association19861989Consultant 
Item 10 of 11Scott, Wilson, Kilpatrick & Co.19891995ManagerConsultants to British Aerospace on the Al Yamamah Defence Project
Item 11 of 11BAE Systems19952003Senior ArchitectSenior project engineer, Defence Infrastructure Team

* 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 19After 1962Civil Defence Headquarters buildingFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandWith Burgh Architects' Department
Item 2 of 19After 1962Municipal Services BuildingFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 191962SLocal Authority HousingFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 19After 1964Anodic LaboratoryFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandAs project architect with the British Aluminium Company's Architects' Department.
Item 5 of 19After 1964British Aluminium (BACo) Reduction Works, HousingFoyers Ross & CromartyScotlandProject architect
Item 6 of 19After 1964Grand HotelFort William Inverness-shireScotlandRefurbishment works - as project architect
Item 7 of 19After 1964Hot strip Mill Line and Cold Strip Mill Line for BACo Rolling MillsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 19After 1964Offices for British Aluminium (BACo) Reduction WorksKinlochleven ArgyllScotlandAs project architect
Item 9 of 191966Commercial garageFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 191966Nine advance factoriesGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 191966Small shopping centre of 6 shops and 12 housesGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 191967Grangemouth Swimming Pool and Sports complexGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 191968Cardonald College of Technology  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 19After 1968Local Authority HousingBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 15 of 19After 1968Local Authority housing, LindamsUddingston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 19After 1968Post Office Telephone Engineering Centre  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 19After 1968Private Hotels  FifeScotland 
Item 18 of 191970s(?)John Ogilvie High SchoolHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 191970Borrowstoun housing schemeBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 2 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
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 3Courtesy of Mr William S DonaldInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent January 2015
Item 2 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 3 of 3School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James  


© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mr Donald, January 2015 

© All rights reserved. Courtesy of Mr Donald, January 2015