Basic Biographical Details

Name: Walter Symington Athol Gordon
Born: 1879
Bio Notes: Walter Symington Athol Gordon was born in 1879, was articled to Robert Rowand Anderson from 1895 to 1901, and studied under Frank Worthington Simon at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art. He worked for London-based Scot James Glen Sivewright Gibson, reaching the position of senior assistant, until 1909 when he was taken in to full partnership, along with Gibson's other senior assistant, Frank Peyton Skipwith. He did not take the qualifying exam, being admitted LRIBA on 27 February 1911, proposed by Gibson, Horace Farquharson and William Flockhart.

Skipwith enlisted in the armed forces in the First World War and was killed in action in France in September 1915, the practice continuing as Gibson & Gordon thereafter. Gordon was elected FRIBA in late 1916 or early 1917, his proposers being Gibson, Edmund Wimperis and Herbert Hardy Wigglesworth. His travels prior to that date had been limited to England.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Highland Mansion, Blackheath, London, EnglandPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 35, Old Bond Street, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1911After 1916 
Item 3 of 3Holland Lodge(?), Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1916 *  

* 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 5Wardrop & Anderson18951899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Anderson Simon & Crawford18991901Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5James Glen Sivewright Gibson19011909Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Gibson, Skipwith & Gordon19091914 or 1915Partner 
Item 5 of 5Gibson & GordonAfter 1914After 1922Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Horace Cowley Nesham Farquharson27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6William Flockhart27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6James Glen Sivewright Gibson27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6James Glen Sivewright GibsonLate 1916 or early 1917for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Herbert Hardy WigglesworthLate 1916 or early 1917for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Edmund Walter WimperisLate 1916 or early 1917for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 11Alexander Cosmo Smith AuldLate 1921 or early 1922for Associateship
Item 2 of 11Douglas James Fyffe6 March 1939for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 11Alexander Porteous Gracie21 October 1941for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 11John Alfred Taylor HoustonEarly 1921for Fellowship
Item 5 of 11William LambLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 6 of 11Alastair Marshall McMichael1 March 1920for Associateship
Item 7 of 11Alastair Marshall McMichaelLate 1932for Fellowship
Item 8 of 11Oliver Frederick Savege1 March 1920For Associateship
Item 9 of 11Harry Benvie Kebel Smithc. 1933For Associateship
Item 10 of 11James Mollison Wilson1 December 1924for Associateship
Item 11 of 11James Mollison Wilson10 April 1956For Fellowship

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 2After 1909Ravleston Dykes Golf ClubhouseMurrayfield EdinburghScotlandUnspecified work on Crossways
Item 2 of 21913Mertoun HouseMertoun BerwickshireScotlandExtension to north


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 L v10 no575 (microfilm reel 32); F no1609 (microfilm reel 14)