Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Gordon
Died: April 1931
Bio Notes: Alexander Gordon was born in Aberdeen and educated at Robert Gordon's College. He served his apprenticeship with John Alexander Ogg Allan, architect to the Aberdeen Education Authority from 1 August 1908 and remained as assistant until February 1914 when he moved to the office of William John Devlin. He moved again in July 1914, joining the office of the Great Northern of Scotland Railway Company, but returned to Allan's office four months later. During the period 1908-14 he also attended both day and evening classes at the Technical College, Aberdeen.

During the First World War he joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper and served in France, later obtaining commissioned rank in the Infantry. After demobilisation he returned to Aberdeen and resumed his studies, being one of the first two students at the Architectural School in Aberdeen, whilst working in the Burgh Surveyor's Office as chief assistant. In June 1920 he obtained his Diploma in Architecture and in the following December passed the qualifying exam, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA in early 1921, his proposers being Allan, George Watt and Alexander Marshall Mackenzie. He was appointed Chief Architect with the Burgh Surveyor, Town House, Aberdeen shortly thereafter.

In 1923 he took up an appointment as Assistant Municipal Architect in Singapore and was appointed Municipal Architect in 1925, becoming FRIBA on the completion of the Municipal Offices. He joined the Singapore Society of Architects in 1924 holding a number of honorary posts and was appointed President for the Session 1930-31. He died in April 1931 while on his way home on leave.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 224, Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate29 December 1922  
Item 2 of 2Municipal Offices, Singapore, SingaporeBusinessc. 1925After 1929 

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 9John Alexander Ogg Allan1 August 1908August 1913Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9John Alexander Ogg AllanAugust 1913February 1914Assistant 
Item 3 of 9William John DevlinFebruary 1914July 1914Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Great North of Scotland Railway Company Architect's DepartmentJuly 1914November 1914Assistant 
Item 5 of 9John Alexander Ogg AllanNovember 1914June 1915Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Aberdeen Burgh Surveyor's OfficeMarch 1919After December 1920Chief Assistant 
Item 7 of 9Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)After December 1920Before 1923Chief Architect 
Item 8 of 9Singapore City Architect and Building Surveyor's Department19231925AssistantAssistant Municipal Architect
Item 9 of 9Singapore City Architect and Building Surveyor's Department19251931Chief ArchitectMunicipal Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg AllanEarly 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Marshall MackenzieEarly 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George WattEarly 1921for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Milner FraserLate 1929for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 1c. 1909Aberdeen Joint Passenger Station  AberdeenScotlandAlterations?


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal19 September 1931 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p738

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3210 (microfilm reel 25)