Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Alexander Wood
Bio Notes: William Alexander Wood was articled to Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon of Aberdeen from July 1920. In September 1924 he embarked on the two-year Diploma course at Aberdeen School of Architecture followed by a post-Diploma year there. He sat the qualifying exam in July 1927 and was admitted ARIBA on 5 December 1927, proposed by Robert Gordon Wilson, junior, George Watt and William Edgar Gauld. At that time his address was given as Menie Schoolhouse, Balmedie Schoolhouse, Aberdeenshire which may suggest he was working in independent practice from his home address. By 1930 or 1931 he was working in the Architect's Department of the Durham Education Authority. By the mid-1930s he had returned to Aberdeen, where he worked in the office of T Scott Sutherland, assisting on the Astoria Cinema in Kittybrewster. He later worked for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, where he was a colleague of John Hutcheon Donald.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen, Scotland(?)Private Before 1930 
Item 2 of 4Menie Schoolhouse, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1927 *  
Item 3 of 421, Ashley Park Drive, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessc. 1939 *  
Item 4 of 41, Hutchison Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  

* 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 4Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon19201923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Durham Education Authority Architect's Department1930 *   
Item 3 of 4T Scott SutherlandAfter 1931Before 1941(?)Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 4Department of Agriculture for Scotland (later Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland)1941(?) *  In Aberdeen office

* 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 3William Edgar Gauld5 December 1927For Associateship
Item 2 of 3George Watt5 December 1927For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)5 December 1927For 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 11934Astoria CinemaKittybrewster AberdeenshireScotlandAs an employee of T Scott Sutherland


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from John Donald, son of Wood's colleague at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, John Hutcheon Donald
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 4153 (Box 7)