Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Sinclair Gavin
Born: 10 March 1912
Died: 15 July 1993
Bio Notes: Ian Sinclair Gavin was born in Edinburgh on 10 March 1912, the son of Neil Murphy Gavin, medical missionary, and his wife Maud Muriel Stevenson. He attended classes at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from October 1931, taking a break in his studies at some point to spend a year training in the office of Rowand Anderson, Paul & Partners. During this period he undertook a number of July study tours, spending five weeks in York and Oxford in 1932; three weeks in Gloucestershire in 1933; three weeks in Somerset in 1934; and three weeks in Sweden and Denmark in 1936. He obtained his diploma in June 1937 and joined Leslie Grahame-Thomson & Connell as assistant that October. He was admitted ARIBA on 7 March 1938, his proposers being James Macgregor, Leslie Grahame-Thomson and Arthur Forman Balfour Paul. His declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed by Janet Urquhart, who shared his address of 35 Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh.

Gavin resigned from the RIBA in November 1974, having latterly worked for the Scottish Development Department at the Government Buildings, Broomhouse Drive, Saughton, Edinburgh. He died in Borders General Hospital on 15 July 1993, survived by his wife Ruth Katherine Walker Gow.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 335, Mortonhall Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1938 *  
Item 2 of 321, Dreghorn Loan, Colinton, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *After 1964 
Item 3 of 32, Belford Mews, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 3Rowand Anderson, Paul & Partners1934 or 19351935 or 1936ApprenticeFor 12 months
Item 2 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson & ConnellOctober 1937 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Department of Health for Scotland (Scottish Board of Health; later Scottish Development Department)Before 19741974  


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Macgregor7 March 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Forman Balfour Paul7 March 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)7 March 1938for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6671 (combined box 153)