Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Stuart Stephen Mackay
Born: c. 1898
Died: May 1941
Bio Notes: Robert Stuart Stephen Mackay was born c.1898. He studied for his diploma in architecture at the School of Architecture in Aberdeen but served his articles in Falkirk in the office of Alexander Nisbet Malcolm from December 1912. His apprenticeship ws interrupted by the First World War but he began to study full-time at Aberdeen School of Architecture in March 1919 and from May 1922 completed his articles with Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon whilst studying part-time at the School. Thereafter he appears to have worked in the office of James Pearson Alison in Hawick (this may in fact have been after his spell in Arbroath) and in that of Hugh Gavin in Arbroath where he was when he was elected ARIBA under the war exemption scheme on 11 June 1923, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson junior, John Wilson Walker and John Alexander Ogg Allan. In or about 1927 he joined the staff of the City Engineer's Department in Aberdeen and rose to become chief architect.

Mackay died in May 1941.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1913Before 1927 
Item 2 of 6Hill Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1918Before 1927Hugh Gavin's office
Item 3 of 62, St Mary Street, Peterhead, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1923 *  
Item 4 of 6Hawick, Roxburghshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1923 May be before or after spell in Arbroath
Item 5 of 6Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1927  
Item 6 of 643, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivatec. 1939  

* 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 5Alexander Nisbet MalcolmDecember 1912 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Arthur Hay Livingstone MackinnonMay 1920 Assistant 
Item 3 of 5James Pearson Alisonc. 1920Before 1923Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Hugh Gavin1923 * Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)c. 1927(?) Chief Architect 

* 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 3John Alexander Ogg Allan11 June 1923For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Wilson Walker11 June 1923For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)11 June 1923For 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 21923Bemersyde HouseBemersyde BerwickshireScotlandIn charge of the design for remodelling?
Item 2 of 21932Bon Accord Baths  AberdeenScotlandAs chief architect (perhaps this is actually chief engineer) in Aberdeen City Engineers' Department


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder9 May 1941  Obituary - p450

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 3674 (microfilm reel 27)