Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Brown Kinnear
Born: 19 August 1912
Died: 1 April 1987
Bio Notes: Ian Brown Kinnear was born on 19 August 1912, the son of Peter Myles Kinnear, flax works manager, and his wife Williamina Donaldson Brown. He was articled to James Findlay and David Smith of Findlay, Stewart & Robbie from June 1930, attending classes at the School of Architecture and Institute of Art & Technology, Dundee. On completing his apprenticeship he remained briefly in the same office as assistant before commencing the diploma course at Edinburgh College of Art in September 1935. In summer 1936 he assisted in the office of Maclaren Soutar Salmond, and the following year in that of Thoms & Wilkie. He secured a travelling scholarship which enabled him to visit Norway, Sweden and Denmark in Sseptember 1936. He passed the professional practice exam in July 1937 and obtained his diploma in June 1938, having completed the course the previous year, and was admitted ARIBA on 24 October 1938, his proposers being Patrick Hill Thoms, Charles Geddes Soutar and John Donald Mills. At that time he was still working for Thoms & Wilkie. He was also an Associate of the Dundee Institute of Architects. By 1939 he had moved to become an assistant with Alexander Mair in Ayr.

He resigned his RIBA membership in 1983 and died on 1 April 1987 at King's Cross Hospital, Dundee. He was survived by his wife, Isabella Shalliday Myles and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Oathlaw House, Oathlaw, Forfar, Angus, ScotlandPrivate 1980s 
Item 2 of 426, Loraine Road, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1938 *  
Item 3 of 4Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  
Item 4 of 420, Queen's Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, 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 6Findlay Stewart & RobbieJune 1930June 1935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Findlay Stewart & RobbieJuly 1935September 1935Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Maclaren Soutar SalmondJuly 1936August 1936Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Thoms & WilkieJuly 19371938 or 1939Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Alexander Mair1938 or 1939 Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Kinnear & Boak1975 * Partner 

* 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 Donald Mills24 October 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar24 October 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms24 October 1938for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The 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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6839 (combined box 162)