Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Denoon Carnegie
Born: 15 May 1909
Died: 19 May 1990
Bio Notes: John Denoon Carnegie (known as Ian) was born on 15 May 1909, the son of John Clark Carnegie, kitchen equipment manufacturer, and his wife Mary Ann Denoon. He attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art from 1926 to 1931. He was a pupil in the office of Auldjo Jamieson & Arnott from 1928 to 1930. He came into prominence in 1931 when he and Thomas Jeffryes together with their teacher Eric Antony Ambrose Rowse submitted a joint scheme in the competition for the RIBA HQ in Portland Place, London which was highly commended by the assessors. In June 1931 he received his diploma and achieved an exemption from the RIBA final exam, and later that year spent some time travelling after gaining the Rowand Anderson second prize and the Andrew Grant scholarship in 1932 from the College of Art which enabled him to visit Paris where he studied the work of Robert Mallet-Stevens and called at Le Corbusier's studio. He was admitted ARIBA in early 1932, his proposers being John Begg, James Alexander Arnott and Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo Jamieson. In 1932 he was living at 137 Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh and in 1934 he was lecturing at the College of Art with which he remained associated for the rest of his life becoming Dean of the school in due course.

Carnegie continued to assist in the Jamieson & Arnott practice and inherited it on Arnott's death in 1950. This ran on as a small but fastidious private practice. During the Second World War Carnegie served in Italy where Sir Mortimer Wheeler was his Brigadier. At some point during the war years, together with Basil Spence and the Head of School, Joseph Lea Gleave, he formed the 94th Heavy Ack Ack, manned by the College's remaining students. Carnegie was promoted to the rank of Major.

After the war he was much concerned with the affairs of the Edinburgh Architectural Association of which he became President. He was elected ARIAS in 1956.

Carnegie died at the Western General Hispital in Edinburgh on 19 May 1990, leaving a widow, Greta Robson, still residing in Edinburgh. He was also survived by a son who lived in Edinburgh. In the death register he is described as architect and university lecturer.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 52, Barnton Avenue West, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1990 
Item 2 of 5137, Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1932 *  
Item 3 of 5135, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  
Item 4 of 550, Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  
Item 5 of 59, Lennox Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 4Auldjo Jamieson & Arnott19281930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Auldjo Jamieson & Arnott19301936Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Arnott & Inch Morrison19361950Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Arnott & Inch Morrison1950 Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1George Drummond Rankinc. 1955 Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander ArnottEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John BeggEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Ernest Arthur Oliphant Auldjo JamiesonEarly 1932for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert James NaismithMid 1965For 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 41931RIBA Headquarters  LondonEnglandCompetition design with Thomas Arnold Jeffryes and Eric Antony Ambrose Rowse
Item 2 of 41935RIAS 1000 bungalow competition design   ScotlandCompetition design
Item 3 of 41937House for RushforthRatho West LothianScotland 
Item 4 of 41950sSignet Library  EdinburghScotlandRefurbishment over a number of years


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterJune 1990v 1, no 12  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4852 (combined box 39)