Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harold John Muir
Born: 30 September 1906
Died: 1993
Bio Notes: Harold John Muir was born on 30 September 1906 and was articled to Arthur Eustace Horsfield from 1922 to 1927, studying at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. In 1927 he joined Alfred Greig as assistant. He became an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and in 1929 moved to the USA, spending the following six years assisting in the New York offices of Polhemus & Coffin, George Klester, and Mayers, Murray & Phillip.

Between 1935 and 1939 he was based in London, Edinburgh and another location which is indecipherable on his ARIBA nomination papers. He passed the special final exam in London on 3 January 1939 and was admitted ARIBA on 6 March that year, his proposers being John Jerdan, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and Alexander Allan Foote. At that time he was living in Kent and working in H M Office of Works in London. He remained with the Office (later Ministry) of Works thereafter, latterly in the Leeds office, from which he retired on 30 November 1970.

Muir died in 1993, his death being registered in december of that year in Trafford, Lancashire.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 483, Crooke Avenue, Brookland, New York, United States of AmericaPrivate/business(?)1930 *  
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1930  
Item 3 of 410, Goodhart Way, West Wickham, Kent, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1939(?) *  
Item 4 of 4The Firs/20, Meadow Bank, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, EnglandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 6Arthur Eustace Horsfield19221927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Alfred Greig19271929Assistant 
Item 3 of 6George KlesterAfter 1929Before 1935Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Mayers, Murray & PhillipAfter 1929Before 1935Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Polhemus & CoffinAfter 1929Before 1935Assistant 
Item 6 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Before 193930 November 1970AssistantInitially in London office (Storey's Gate, Westminster); later elsewhere including latterly in Leeds.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Allan Foote6 March 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Jerdan6 March 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan6 March 1939for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The 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 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7116 (combined box 174)