Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Allan Lauchlan
Born: 25 September 1887
Died: 1976
Bio Notes: James Allan Lauchlan was born in Glasgow on 25 September 1887 and was articled to Clarke & Bell & R A Bryden in 1902. He completed his five-year apprenticeship and remained with the firm as assistant and latterly as chief draughtsman until 1912, by which time it had become Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie. During this period he studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1903 to 1912) and at the Royal Technical College, and whilst an assistant and draughtsman made periodical study tours of ecclesiastical work in Scotland, England and France. In 1912 he was appointed architect for the Union Cold Storage Company Ltd, working in mainland Europe on cold stores, ice factories, stock-breeding farms, garages, workshops, offices and houses. During this period he retained contact addresses in Glasgow.

He returned to Britain in 1927 to join Gerald Egbert Burgess of Dartford, Kent as an assistant, but commenced practice on his own account in nearby Orpington the following year, with an office at 19B Central Parade, High Street. In about 1930 he had an address in London.

He was admitted LRIBA on 13 February 1940, his proposers being William Bryce Binnie, Alexander Thomson Scott and Gerald Egbert Burgess. His nomination papers state that he was a member of the South-Eastern Society of Architects, and an associate of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland and of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Lauchlan continued to practice in Orpington until the early 1960s. He appears to have given up practice by 1970 and gives his home address at that time. He died the Spring of 1976 in Bromley in Kent. His death was registered between April and June of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 8391, Caledonia Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1903  
Item 2 of 89, London Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19041907 
Item 3 of 8158, Allison Street, Crosshill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)19081915 
Item 4 of 87, Rannoch Street, Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)19191925 
Item 5 of 819B, Central Parade, Orpington, Kent, EnglandBusiness1928After 1960 
Item 6 of 8243, Kingsland Road, London, EnglandBusiness1929 *  
Item 7 of 89, Colville Square, Bayswater, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1930 *  
Item 8 of 846 (or 43?), Elm Grove, Orpington, Kent, EnglandPrivateBefore 19341970Directories give 43, RIBA Nomination Papers give 46

* 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 6Clarke & Bell and R A Bryden19021902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Clarke & Bell190231 December 1904Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie31 December 19041907Apprentice 
Item 4 of 6Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie19071910Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie19101912Chief Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 6Gerald Egbert Burgess19271927Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Bryce Binnie (Major)13 February 1940for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Gerald Egbert Burgess13 February 1940for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Thomson Scott13 February 1940for 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 11910Justiciary Court Houses  GlasgowScotlandComplete rebuilding retaining portico - as assistant to Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Address details from research by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4849 (combined box 39)