Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Duncan Allan
Born: 2 May 1912
Died: 10 December 1989
Bio Notes: John Duncan Allan was born on 2 May 1912, the son of John Mearns Allan, school teacher and his wife Isabella Margaret Spark. From September 1930 until 1937 he studied part-time at Glasgow School of Architecture and during this period served his articles with Stewart & Paterson. In 1935 he moved to the office of McNair & Elder as assistant. Robert Forsyth worked with him in the office of McNair & Elder and writes the following:

'When I was an apprentice architect with CJ McNair & Elder from 1935-1939 Jack Allan was the architect in the office I most admired when working on the art deco type of cinemas which was the main source of work in the office at that time. I aprticularly enjoyed site visits with him on his motor bike! His father was the schoolmaster at Auchinleck and I see you have him practising from there which must have been in the beginning. I have no information as to what happened to him when the war started and all building came to a halt'.

In 1939-40 Allan was an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and at that date his address was Schoolhouse, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, presumably still living with his parents at this date. From 1942 until 1947 he was an architectural and civil engineering assistant with the Admiralty Chief Engineer in Command's (?)department (Eastern Mediterranean) serving in Egypt, Eritrea and Palestine. He resigned from this post on 30 June 1947 and took a position in the office of William Baillie. He was elected LRIBA in 1948, his proposers being John Stewart, William McLean, Secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and Colin Sinclair.

Subsequently he moved to Ayrshire and worked for the Regional Authority. He died in Heathfield Hospital Ayr as a result of bronco-pneumonia and heart disease on 12 October 1989. He was a divorcee.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Schoolhouse, Auchinleck, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1939  
Item 2 of 2Brooklea, Coral Glen, Maybole, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1948  

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 3Stewart & Paterson19301935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3McNair & Elder19351942Assistant 
Item 3 of 3William Baillie10 July 1947 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2(Dr) Colin Sinclair9 March 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2John Stewart3 September 1948For Licentiateship


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 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson. - no date given. Also personal information from Robert Forsyth.
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L 6226 (Combined Box 126)