Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Arthur Robin
Born: 19 August 1906
Died: 1943
Bio Notes: Alexander Arthur Robin was born in Glasgow on 19 August 1906, the son of Mathew Robin, master mechanical engineer and his wife Mabel Mylias Don who had married in London. He commenced his training at Glasgow School of Architecture in 1925 and served his apprenticeship with Wylie, Wright & Wylie (possibly initially under the firm of Wright & Wylie before Frederick Robert Wylie was taken into partnership in 1928). He joined Thoms & Wilkie of Dundee as assistant in 1931. He received his diploma in 1932 and passed the qualifying exam in July 1933, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA on 4 December that year, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, John Watson and John Keppie. His year of birth is not known, his nomination papers giving his birth date as 19 August 1933 - clearly a slip of the pen. He was also an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. By the end of the 1930s he had moved to Oxford, his address there being 36 Morrell Avenue, South Park.

Robin died in Cockermouth aged 36 in 1943. His death was registered between January and March of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 27, Melfort Avenue, Dumbreck, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1933 *  
Item 2 of 236, Morrell Avenue, Oxford, Oxfordshire, EnglandPrivate/business(?)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 3Wright & WylieAfter 1925(?)1928(?)Apprentice(?)Probably began his apprenticeship under this firm
Item 2 of 3Wylie, Wright & Wylie1928(?)Before 1931Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Thoms & Wilkie1931Before 1933Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Keppie4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Watson4 December 1933for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The 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 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5267 (combined box 67)