Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Colville
Born: c. 1884(?)
Bio Notes: David Colville was articled to John Cameron of Aberdeen on 3 June 1899 but transferred to the office of the City Architect, John Rust, a year later to complete his apprenticeship. During this period he studied at Gray's School of Art and Robert Gordon's College under George Gilbert Irvine. In June 1904 he obtained a scholarship from the Aberdeen School of Architecture which enabled him to spend time measuring and sketching old work in London and around Aberdeen, including Harthill Castle. Two months later, in August, he joined Arthur Clyne as assistant, remaining there until November 1906 when he moved to London to work as assistant to Walter Henry Woodroffe. In April 1910 he emigrated to Canada, where he found employment in the office of J S D Taylor in Vancouver. He was admitted ARIBA on 12 June 1911, his proposers being Woodroffe, Clyne and Max Clarke; Woodroffe describes him in a letter accompanying his nomination papers as 'an exceedingly clever fellow'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1336, Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaPrivate1911 *  

* 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 6John Cameron3 June 18991900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)1900August 1904ApprenticeUnder John Rust, Aberdeen City Architect
Item 3 of 6John Rust1900August 1904ApprenticeIn Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 4 of 6Arthur ClyneApril 1904November 1906Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Walter Henry WoodroffeNovember 1906March 1910Assistant 
Item 6 of 6J S D TaylorApril 1910After 1911Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Max Clarke12 June 1911for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Clyne12 June 1911for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Walter Henry Woodroffe12 June 1911for Associateship


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 v20 no2196 (microfilm reel 21)