Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Thomson
Born: 11 April 1909
Bio Notes: Robert Thomson was born on 11 April 1909 and commenced his studies at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, Aberdeen in September 1929. He joined the office of James B Nicol as an apprentice in July 1932 whilst continuing to study until he obtained his diploma in June 1934. He was still in Nicol's office, presumably as an assistant, when he was admitted ARIBA in mid-1935, his proposers being Nicol, Robert Leslie Rollo and John Gibb Marr.

Thomson formed a partnership with Robert McKinlay in Lusaka in Northern Rhodesia. It is not yet clear if they were already in partnership before they went abroad. The partnership was of short duration, though both partners remained in Africa. Thomson retired to Malta about 1970. He is still listed in the RIBA Directory for 1994. He was still living in Malta.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 539, Richmondhill Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1935 *  
Item 2 of 5Charter House, Ndola, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toBusiness1950s *After 1964Northern Rhodesia
Item 3 of 5PO Box 615, Ndola, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toBusiness1970 * Northern Rhodesia
Item 4 of 5Post Restante, GPO, Valetta, MaltaPrivate1979 *  
Item 5 of 526, The Strand, Kalkara, MaltaPrivate1988After 1994 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3James Brown NicolJuly 1932Before 1935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Brown Nicol1935 * Assistant 
Item 3 of 3McKinlay & Thomson1950s Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gibb MarrMid 1935for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown NicolMid 1935for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie RolloMid 1935for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5742 (combined box 98)
Item 2 of 2School of Architecture, Garthdee, Aberdeen, RGIT: former pupils, 1937-1970Galletly, James