Basic Biographical Details

Name: Stanley George Owen
Born: 5 July 1918
Died: 13 July 2011
Bio Notes: Stanley George Owen was born in Birmingham on 5 July 1918. He served an apprenticeship under Tolson Murray Ashford, Deputy Director of the Birmingham School of Architecture from 1934, and produced a thesis on the history of Jerusalem. After qualifying, he found employment in Coventry City Architect's Department. He was admitted ARIBA in 1943.

He moved to Scotland in 1948 to take up a position with Fife County Architects in Cupar, where he specialised in housing and new schools. In 1954 he moved to the practice of Walter Alison & Hutchison in Kirkcaldy, and he moved to Edinburgh with the same firm, by then named Alison & Hutchison & Partners, later that decade.

In March 1961 he was appointed manager of the Glasgow branch office of the Surrey-based firm Boissevain & Osmond, where he remained until his retirement in July 1983. Whilst there, he served for ten years as Secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

Owen loved travelling, and took architectural tours to Finland, Brazil, the USA, Argentina, India, Hong Kong and Japan. He also travelled widely as a missionary for the Christadelphian Church between 1950 and 1999, making over 100 visits to 38 countries. To assist him in this work, he learnt Norwegian and Esperanto, becoming fluent in both.

His personal interests included oil and watercolour painting and golf, the latter a passion developed in his sixties following an introduction to the sport at Gleneagles. His favourite course was Pebble Beach, California.

Failing health caused him and his wife Dorothy, whom he had married in March 1941, to move to Bournemouth. He died on 13 July 2011, survived by Dorothy, son Martin and daughter Meryl and their respective families.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Birmingham, EnglandPrivate1918After 1934Place of birth
Item 2 of 61, Bridge Street, West Newport, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 612, Clairmont Gradens, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  
Item 4 of 6Kimberley House, Somerset Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1970 *After 1979 
Item 5 of 6Kimberley House, Somerset Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1970After 1979office manager, for Boissevain & Osmond
Item 6 of 623, Westbourne Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1987 *  

* 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 5Tolson Murray Ashford1934c. 1939Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Fife County Architect's Department19481954  
Item 3 of 5Walter Alison & Hutchison19541957 or 1958 or 1959  
Item 4 of 5Alison & Hutchison & Partners1957 or 1958 or 19591961 in Edinburgh office
Item 5 of 5Boissevain & OsmondMarch 1961July 1983Office Managerin Glasgow office

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 11955Whitburn Primary SchoolWhitburn West LothianScotlandBy Walter Alison and Hutchison. S G Owen named as architect in charge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2011AutumnRoyal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)pp 96-7: obituary