Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Rollo
Born: 1877
Died: 29 November 1951
Bio Notes: Andrew Rollo was born in 1877 and was articled to Bruce & Hay in 1892, remaining with them for two-and-a-half years. He then transferred to Stark & Rowntree, remaining with Rowntree after the dissolution of the partnership in 1899. During that period he studied at Glasgow School of Art under William James Anderson and Alexander McGibbon, assisting in the architectural department towards the end of his time there. He moved with Rowntree to London, where he passed the qualifying exam in 1903. He was admitted ARIBA on 29 February 1904, his proposers being William Henry Thorp, James Archibald Morris of Ayr, McGibbon, and John Slater of London. He was the Institue Medallist (Drawings) in 1903 and had also qualified with the RIBA Diploma in Town Planning. Prior to that time his travels had been limited to Scotland and England, taking in Aberdeen, Stirling, Dunblane, York, Fountains, Ripon, Cambridge, Oxford, Gloucester and Tewkesbury. Rollo spent the years 1907-1915 in Toronto as assistant to Messrs Darling & Pearson. He served with the Royal Engineers during the First World War, thereafter joining the Midland Garden Cities Development in Birmingham where he remained unitl he returned to his native city.

It is as yet unclear in which year Rollo joined the City Architect's Department, but it was certainly by 1928, becoming its chief draughtsman, initially under James Anderson Williamson. He took a leading part in preparing plans for the works carried out by the Corporation before the Second World War, including the new housing schemes, and 'prepared the plans for the report on the Royal Mile' drawn up by Ebenezer James MacRae as well as collaborating on 'The Heritage of Greater Edinburgh' and the 'Inventory of Ancient and Historical Monuments of the City of Edinburgh' published in 1931. He was involved with much slum clearance and reconstruction work in his post in the City Architect's Department

Rollo retired in 1946 and wokred for the National Buildings Record, now NMRS which holds a collection of his student drawings. He died on 29 November 1951. He was unmarried.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 32, Willowbank Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1903 * 'Permanent' address, although working in London at this time
Item 2 of 311, Little College Street, Westminster, London SW, EnglandPrivate1903 *  
Item 3 of 356, Robb's Loan, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* 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 5Bruce & Hay18921895Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Stark & Rowntree18951899Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 5Fred Rowntree1899After 1903Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Darling & Pearson19071915  
Item 5 of 5Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)Before 19281946Chief Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Alexander McGibbon29 February 1904for Associateship
Item 2 of 4James Archibald Morris29 February 1904for Associateship
Item 3 of 4John Slater29 February 1904for Associateship
Item 4 of 4William Henry Thorp29 February 1904for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Andrew Grant20 July 1911for Licentiateship

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 41931Edinburgh Police boxes  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Ebenezer James MacRae in the City Architect's Department
Item 2 of 41935Piershill Council Housing  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 41936431-451 Gorgie RoadGorgie Edinburgh  As Architect for Edinburgh City Architects Dept.
Item 4 of 41936St Marks Council Housing, WarristonWarriston, Edinburgh  EdinburghScotlandLayout by Rollo


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp220
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman30 November 1951  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 v16 p10 (microfilm reel 19)