Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alastair Norman Leigh McQueen
Born: 8 November 1914
Died: February 1945
Bio Notes: Alastair Norman Leigh McQueen was born on 8 November 1914 and studied at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1932 to 1935. He then moved to London to study at the Bartlett School of Architecture until 1939. He passed the qualifying exam in December the latter year. During his holidays he had visited Germany (in 1934), Greece and Sicily (in 1935) and the Paris Exhibition (in 1939). He was admitted ARIBA on 18 July 1938, his proposers being Martin Shaw Briggs, Albert Edward Richardson and Charles Lovett Gill. His nomination papers do not specify any office experience.

Late in 1938 or 1939 possibly through a personal connection with George McLeod, McQueen was commissioned by the Iona Community to design the rebuilding of the monastic buildings of Iona Cathedral. He was appointed in preference to Reginald Fairlie who had prepared a scheme for David Russell in 1931, and to Ian Lindsay whom Fairlie had recommended to take over the project in 1938, Lindsay having made the survey drawing for his 1931 scheme. McQueen's proposals were rejected by the Office of Works as they included modernising elements, particularly ground floor windows where none had been before: a more archaeological scheme might have been negotiated but the Office of Works was also nervous of his youth and lack of experience and McQueen felt obliged to resign the commission in March 1939,

McQueen was a Flight Lieutenant and Pilot with the RAPVR and died as a result of air operations in February 1945.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19321935 
Item 2 of 3London, EnglandPrivate1935After 1939 
Item 3 of 3Roughhills, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandPrivate1938 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Martin Shaw Briggs18 July 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Lovett Gill18 July 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Albert Edward Richardson18 July 1938for 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 1Late 1938 or early 1939Iona Abbey IonaArgyllScotlandScheme for rebuilding the monastic buildings - not executed


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder23 February 1945  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 no6820 (combined box 162)