Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander William Graham
Born: 20 September 1888
Died: 20 August 1964
Bio Notes: Alexander William Graham was born on 20 September 1888, the son of John Graham, sanitary officer, and his wife, Mary Hewit. He served his articles under John Rust, City Architect of Aberdeen, from August 1904, whilst attending classes at Gray's School of Art and Robert Gordon's Technical College. His studies were assisted by his gaining the Aberdeen Society of Architects' Scholarship in 1907. In 1909 he was appointed principal assistant to Rust, and he remained with him in the City Architect's Department until October 1911 when he joined the Lands Valuation Department, first as an assistant valuer and subsequently as a valuer.

He served in the armed forces from 1915 until October 1919, and on demobilisation obtained an appointment on the technical staff of the Department of Agriculture for Scotland. From 1926 he was stationed in Inverness in charge of the Northern District section of the Department, responsible for buildings in Inverness-shire, Nairnshire, Morayshire, and Ross and Cromarty. In his earlier years with the Department he had worked on buildings in Ayrshire, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Wigtownshire and Stirlingshire as well as in the northern region. His experience also extended to land surveying and works in connection with rural water supply and drainage.

He was admitted LRIBA in late 1931 or early 1932, his proposers being James Brown Nicol, John Ross McMillan and John Alexander Ogg Allan.

Graham died on 20 August 1964 at the Northern Infirmary in Inverness. He was survived by his wife, Helen Coutts and a son who lived in London.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 122, Rangemore Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1931 *1964 

* 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 5Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)August 19041909Apprenticeunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 2 of 5John RustAugust 19041909Apprenticein Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 3 of 5Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)19091911Principal Assistantunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 4 of 5John Rust19091911Principal Assistantin Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 5 of 5Department of Agriculture for Scotland (later Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland)October 1919After 1931 In charge of Northern District (Inverness-shire, Nairnshire, Morayshire and Ross and Cromarty) from 1926


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg AllanLate 1931 or early 1932for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McMillanLate 1931 or early 1932for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Brown NicolLate 1931 or early 1932for Licentiateship


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 L no4019 (box 19)