Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Hastings McLaren
Born: 12 December 1904
Died: 1997
Bio Notes: Ian Hastings McLaren was born on 12 December 1904 and was articled to Clement George & Sutherland of Aberdeen in January 1924, attending evening classes at Robert Gordon's College. He studied full-time at Robert Gordon's from 1926, obtaining his diploma in 1928 and his post-diploma in 1929, and was admitted ARIBA in late 1929 or early 1930, his proposers being James Brown Nicol, John Alexander Ogg Allan and George Watt. On completing his studies he worked for Kelly & Nicol of Aberdeen for eleven months before moving to London to work in H M Office of Works for six months and for Collcutt & Hamp for three months. In 1931 he was appointed architect to Claude Leigh (Management) Ltd, a company controlling some 44,000 properties in London, for whom he took charge of all building, rebuilding and alteration work. He left them to commence practice on his own account at 6 Bell Yard in May 1937.

In March 1939 he acquired the practice of H A Scrase & Partners at Wardrobe Chambers, Queen Victoria Street, acting as precedent partner of the firm thereafter whilst continuing his own separate practice. His own office had moved to 6 The Broadway, Wimbledon by the time of his election as FRIBA on 14 December 1948, for which his proposers were Harold Bailey, John Alexander Ogg Allan and Leslie A Chackett. His practice consisted almost entirely of alterations to factories, offices and flats.

McLaren died in late 1997, his death being registered in Manchester in November of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Abbotsville, Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1929After 1930 
Item 2 of 56, Bell Yard, London, EnglandBusinessMay 1937Before 1948Own office
Item 3 of 5Wardrobe Chambers/146A, Queen Victoria Street, London EC, EnglandBusinessMarch 1939After 1948Old office of H A Scrase & Partners
Item 4 of 514, Lansdowne Road, London SW, EnglandPrivate1948 *  
Item 5 of 56, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, EnglandBusiness1948 * Own office

* 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 4Sutherland & GeorgeJanuary 19241926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Kelly & Nicol19291930Assistantfor 11 months
Item 3 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19301930AssistantProbably in London office - for 3 months
Item 4 of 4Collcutt & Hamp19301931Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Alexander Ogg AllanEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 6John Alexander Ogg Allan14 December 1948for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Harold Bailey14 December 1948for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Leslie Arthur Chackett14 December 1948for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6James Brown NicolEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 6 of 6George WattEarly 1930for Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4410 (combined box 13); F no4406 (combined box 12)