Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ronald McDonald Malcolm
Born: 3 January 1933
Died: 14 June 2013
Bio Notes: Ronald McDonald Malcolm was born on 3 January 1933. He was educated at Corstorphine School and then at George Heriot’s. He served his articles with Reid & Forbes and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. He was awarded his diploma in architecture in 1957 and was elected ARIBA in 1958.

His first post was in the City Architect’s Department in Edinburgh, but his career was interrupted by National Service which he spent in the Royal Engineers in Nicosia, Cyprus. After this he returned to the City Architect’s Department. His designs for Redbraes Housing Development were recognised by a Civic Trust Award.

From 1961-63 he worked as a senior architect with Bradshaw Gass & Hope on a range of projects. In the latter year he was appointed Senior Architect with Lawrie Nisbet. During this period he studied for a diploma in town planning. He was elected ARIAS in 1965. For a short period of time in 1966 he had a post as senior architect with Ian Burke Martin & Partners before joining Dick Peddie & McKay as Associate where he worked on insurances and listed building work. From 1969-71 he had a similar position as Associate with Howell Brooks Nisbet & Partners in Edinburgh working on various hospital and house commissions.

In 1971 Malcolm opened business on his own account which he continued to run until 1975, working on hotel, house and office alterations. In that year he returned to Dick Peddie & McKay as a partner with responsibility for finance and staff. Clients included Ferranti, the Scottish Development Agency, Caledonian Crescent Redevelopment and Gorgie Dalry Housing Association.

In 1981 he left Dick Peddie to re-establish his own practice with a range of projects and responsibilities including acting as consultant to Lothian Regional Council on the Scottish Mining Museum.
Outwith his profession, Malcolm was a keen curler and been involved with the Edinburgh Curling Club from the 1970s. He became Manager of the Murrayfield Curling Rink in 1988, building up a thriving business with a good membership. He retired in 2002.

In his retirement he was able to travel to Italy where his daughters both lived and to London and New York where his son was based.

He died on 14 June 2014, survived by his wife, Myra, his son, daughters and grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 35, Hope Street, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1960 *  
Item 2 of 320, Nelson Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1963After 1965 
Item 3 of 38, Albyn Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1979 *  

* 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 7Bradshaw Gass & Hope19611963Senior Architect 
Item 2 of 7Alexander Thomas Lawrie Nisbet1963 Senior Architect 
Item 3 of 7Burke Martin Partnership (or Ian Burke, Hugh Martin & Partners)1966 Senior Architect 
Item 4 of 7Dick Peddie & McKay1966 Associate 
Item 5 of 7Howell Brooks Nisbet & Partners19691971Senior Architect 
Item 6 of 7Dick Peddie & McKay19751981Partner 
Item 7 of 7Dick Peddie & McKayBefore 1979 Partner 

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 231959Redbraes Housing DevelopmentBroughton EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 231961Blackhall Library  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 231963Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Department of Haematology and operating theatres  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 231963Housing  East LothianScotland 
Item 5 of 231970sChurch hall  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 231970sFactories laboratories and advance factoriesFalkirk West LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 231970sFactories laboratories and advance factories  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 231970sHart Street and St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotlandRestoration and New Town Conservation work
Item 9 of 231970sHousing Association work  EdinburghScotlandRehabilitation work
Item 10 of 231970sMuirfield Golf CourseGullane East LothianScotlandAlterations and extensions
Item 11 of 231970sPrivate residences   Scotland 
Item 12 of 231970sWarehouse for Computer Supplies CompanyBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 13 of 23Late 1970sBoots the Chemist shopAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 14 of 23Late 1970sBoots the Chemist shopNairn NairnshireScotland 
Item 15 of 23Late 1970sBoots the Chemist shopDingwall Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 16 of 23Late 1970sBoots the Chemist shopHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 23Late 1970sDrummohr HousePrestonpans East LothianScotlandStabling and dressage area
Item 18 of 23Late 1970sWindsor Hotel and Shops, 100 -100A Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment of club
Item 19 of 23c. 1980Boots the Chemist shopJuniper Green EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 23c. 1980Boots the Chemist shopForfar AngusScotland 
Item 21 of 23c. 1980Boots the Chemist shopLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 22 of 231981Scottish Gallery  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 23 of 231981Scottish Mining MuseumNewtongrange MidlothianScotlandAdvised Lothian Region on conversion of Lady Victoria Colliery.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp132
Item 2 of 5RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly201418Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Summer 2014

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership