Basic Biographical Details

Name: Geoffrey James Monro
Born: 5 May 1907
Died: January 1985
Bio Notes: Geoffrey James Monro was born on 5 May 1907, the son of Charles Ernest Monro and grandson of James Milne Monro of Glasgow. He attended classes at Glasgow University from 1925 and at the Royal Technical College from 1926, studying under Thomas Harold Hughes. He spent his summer holidays working for A N Paterson & Stoddart in 1927 and 1928, and for his father and grandfather's firm of J M Monro & Son in 1929, joining the firm permanently after completing his BSc degree in 1930. He was admitted ARIBA in early 1932, his proposers being Hughes, Paterson and William James Smith.

After the firm won the competition for the de Haviland factory, he opened an office at Leavesden, Hertfordshire in 1940, moving to an office in Watford in 1943. He died in January 1985 after a long illness.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Saxonholme, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1907After 1931 
Item 2 of 7134, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19281935 
Item 3 of 7307, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19351940 
Item 4 of 73, Queen Margaret Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 5 of 7Leavesden, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness19401943 
Item 6 of 7Watford, Hertfordshire, EnglandBusiness1943  
Item 7 of 7Little Abbots, Hyde Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Kangley, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1985 *  

* 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 6A N Paterson & StoddartApril 1927September 1927Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 6A N Paterson & StoddartApril 1928September 1928Apprentice(?) 
Item 3 of 6J M Monro & SonApril 1929September 1929Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 6J M Monro & SonApril 1930Before 1940Assistant 
Item 5 of 6J M Monro & SonAfter 1930 Partner 
Item 6 of 6Monro & Partnersc. 1955 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold HughesEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Nisbet PatersonEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James SmithEarly 1932for 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 461920sCopeland (or Copland) & Lye premises  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to Sauchiehall Street section
Item 2 of 461920sMacFarlane Lang Biscuit FactoryTollcross GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 46After 1920(?)Factory  MauritiusMauritius 
Item 4 of 46After 1920(?)Factory for Messrs D Napier & Son Ltd, repair shopActon LondonEngland 
Item 5 of 46After 1920(?)Granny Black's Restaurant  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 46After 1920(?)Tullos Factory  AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 461928St Andrews Ambulance Association Depot  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 461929Marks & Spencer store  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 461930sAir Training SchoolPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 461931Marks & Spencer storePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 461933Glasgow Cancer HospitalGarnethill GlasgowScotlandRebuilding?
Item 12 of 461934Marks & Spencer storeStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 461935Ambulance StationGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 461935Marks & Spencer storeAyr AyrshireScotlandIn association with Robert Lutyens
Item 15 of 461935Marks & Spencer storeKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandIn association with Robert Lutyens
Item 16 of 461935Marks & Spencer store  GlasgowScotlandIn association with Robert Lutyens
Item 17 of 46193659-63 High StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 18 of 461936Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 19 of 461936Marks & Spencer store  DundeeScotlandIn association with Robert Lutyens
Item 20 of 461936Marks & Spencer store59 High Street, Falkirk StirlingshireScotlandIn association with Robert Lutyens
Item 21 of 461936Warehouse and offices for Marks and SpencerGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 461937Aircraft Factory for Blackburn and DonnyDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 23 of 461937Blackburn Aircraft CompanyBrough YorkshireEnglandAdministration block and canteen
Item 24 of 461937Premises for Ruston Bucyros LtdLincoln LincolnshireEngland 
Item 25 of 461938Warehouse for Marks & Spencer LtdKirkcaldy FifeScotlandIn association with Robert Lutyens
Item 26 of 46c. 1938De Haviland FactoryHatfield HertfordshireEnglandWon competition to secure job
Item 27 of 46Late 1930sAtholl Hydropathic EstablishmentPitlochry PerthshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 28 of 46Late 1930sMarks & Spencer's store  EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 46c. 1940Davy and United Engineering Company, Administration HeadquartersDarnhall, Sheffield YorkshireEngland 
Item 30 of 461941Royal HotelCampbeltown ArgyllScotlandFurther work
Item 31 of 461946SaxonholmeBearsden GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 32 of 46194742-48 (or 40-46) St George’s Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 461947City Bakeries Victoria Street  GlasgowScotlandProposed additions and alterations
Item 34 of 461947Glasgow Cancer HospitalGarnethill GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 461948Broompark Circus  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 36 of 461948Canteen, Marks & Spencer, Virginia Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 461948Croft Bodybuilding and Engineering Company Works  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 38 of 461948Lanarkshire Steel Works, Central Power StationMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 39 of 461949Offices for Ruston & HornbyLincoln LincolnshireEngland 
Item 40 of 461949Premises for Ruston Bucyros LtdLincoln LincolnshireEnglandExtension
Item 41 of 461961132-148 High StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 42 of 461963Templeton's Carpet Factory  GlasgowScotlandFactory warehouse
Item 43 of 461966Marks & Spencer's store  GlasgowScotland 
Item 44 of 461968Bath Street Independent Chapel  GlasgowScotlandW addition.
Item 45 of 46Before 1970Works for Bruce Peebles  EdinburghScotland 
Item 46 of 461977Marks & Spencer StorePerth PerthshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp148
Item 2 of 3Gregory, Neil2003Monro and Partners: shopping in Scotland with Marks and Spencer Architectural Heritage, Vol XIV, pp67-85 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Prospect1985no 25 Autumn
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalApril 1985 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp105 Obituary

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 no4842 (combined box 39)