Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Buchan Wylie
Born: 28 July 1913
Died: 5 May 2001
Bio Notes: Alexander Buchan Wylie was born on 28 July 1913, the son of James Wylie, treasurer of the Church of Scotland and his wife Ann Paterson Buchan. He enrolled on the Diploma Course at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art on 1 October 1932. From July 1935 to July 1936 he secured office experience with Frank Charles Mears, and he travelled to England, France and Italy with the aid of various prestigious scholarships including the Tite Prize of 1936 and the Rome Scholarship of 1938. He passed the qualifying exam in June 1938 and was admited ARIBA on 9 January 1939, his proposers being Mears, Alexander Lorne Campbell and James Alexander Arnott.

At some point before 1950 it would appear that he had taken a qualification in town planning and was AMTPI by that date. In 1958 he was elected ARIAS.

Wylie remained in Edinburgh throughout his career. He rose to the position of Depute Chief Planning Officer in the Scottish Office. He was awarded the MBE. He died on 5 May 2001 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Edinburgh. He was survived by his wife Margaret Vaughan who was a retired school teacher. They had at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4British School, Rome, ItalyPrivate/business1938 *  
Item 2 of 4Craigmore/29, Dreghorn Loan, Colinton, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1938 *After 1950 
Item 3 of 473, Traquair Park West, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1957 *After 1958 
Item 4 of 4Western Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1977  

* 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 1(Sir) Frank Charles MearsJuly 1935July 1936Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander Arnott9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Lorne Campbell9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears9 January 1939for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7038 (combined box 171)