Basic Biographical Details

Name: Peter Lamont Burnside Borthwick
Born: 25 February 1926
Bio Notes: Peter Lamont Burnside Borthwick was born on 25 February 1926. He studied at Glasgow School of Architecture from October 1943 at the same time as undertaking an articled apprenticeship to Thomas S Cordiner. He passed the final exam in July 1949 and was admitted ARIBA on 27 November that year, his proposers being Cordiner, Professor William J Smith and William McCrea.

He left Cordiner's firm in 1951 to spend time working as assistant to the Colonial Office Public Works Department of the Gold Coast (now Ghana), in Accra. Three years later, he returned to Glasgow and to Cordiner's office, where he remained until 1957. He then went to Canada, where in 1958 he secured an appointment as executive architect to Moody & Moore of Winnipeg. In that year or the following one, he moved to the practice of Balhaddie, Helmer & M___ of Ottawa.

In 1960 he set up his own independent practice in Ontario, having obtained a licence by sitting an external professional practice exam to become a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Not long afterwards, he moved back to Glasgow, where he entered into partnership with Cordiner in 1964, the practice being known as Thomas Cordiner Cunningham & Partners by 1970. He was elected FRIBA on 5 April 1967, proposed by William McCrea, John Watson and Frederick Robert Wylie. In the RIBA Directory of 1979 he he would appear to have taken a post with the City Engineer's Department in Durban.

FRIBA nomination papers job list (no dates given on papers):

Private house, Ottawa
Factory & office for John Watson & Co, printers, Glasgow
St Ninian's Approved School, Gartmore, Perthshire
Cranhill Parish Church

Office interior for Thomas Cordiner & Partners
St Andrews Approved School, Shandon, Derbyshire
Convent buildings for Dominican Sisters, Glasgow
Barrhead Civic Centre
Alterations and additions to Glasgow Sheriff Court
Proposed Glasgow College of Technology

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 573, Waverley Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1949After 1954 
Item 2 of 5Public Works Department Head Office, PO Box 136, Accra, Gold CoastBusiness1953 *1954West Africa
Item 3 of 5249, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1964 *  
Item 4 of 5314, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1970  
Item 5 of 5Durban Corporation, City Engineer's Department, , PO Box 680, Durban 4000, South AfricaBusiness1979  

* 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 5Thomas Smith Cordiner19431951Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Colonial Office, Public Works Department, Gold Coast, Africa19511954Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Thomas Smith Cordiner19541957Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Borthwick & Watson19671970Partner 
Item 5 of 5Thomas Cordiner, Cunningham & Partners1970 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Thomas Smith Cordiner27 November 1949for Associateship
Item 2 of 6William McCrea27 November 1949for Associateship
Item 3 of 6William McCrea5 April 1967for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6(Professor) William James Smith27 November 1949for Associateship
Item 5 of 6John Watson (junior)5 April 1967for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Frederick Robert Wylie5 April 1967for Fellowship

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 441960sApproved SchoolShandon DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 2 of 441960sApproved SchoolGartmore Stirlingshire  
Item 3 of 441960sApproved SchoolAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 441960sEaglesham ArmsEaglesham RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 441960sFactory for Scottish Industrial EstatesBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 441960sGlasgow and West of Scotland Technical College  GlasgowScotlandAdditions to Royal College (cost 2.5m) - probably the extension scheme mentioned in the Builder (see below).
Item 7 of 441960sHigh Court  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 441960sKenmure Approved SchoolBishopbriggs GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 441960sPhilips Lighting Hamilton FactoryHamilton LanarkshireScotlandNew factory or extension to old factory costing 500,000
Item 10 of 441960sPrivate Housing schemeKilmacolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 441960sPrivate Housing SchemeNeilston RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 441960sPrivate Housing SchemeBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 441960sPrivate Housing Scheme, BerryknowesChrystone LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 441960sScottish Colorfoto FactoryAlexandria DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 15 of 441960sSilver Thread HotelPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 441960sSt Fergus ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 17 of 441960sStrathleven Bonded WarehousesDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 18 of 441960sUnion Bank  GlasgowScotlandAlterations?
Item 19 of 441963Cranhill Parish ChurchCranhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 441965St Gregory RC ChurchMaryhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 441966Glasgow School for the DeafMilton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 22 of 441966Licensed premises complex, West George Street  GlasgowScotlandNot sure if involved
Item 23 of 441966Private houseRabat  Malta 
Item 24 of 441967Clydebank Technical CollegeClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandExtension
Item 25 of 441967Glasgow College of Technology  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 441967St Gilda's RC ChurchRoseneath DunbartonshireScotlandPartner in charge
Item 27 of 441970St Stephen's RC ChurchSighthill GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 44197215 private residential developmentsWesthill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 29 of 44197250 acre public parkWesthill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 30 of 441972Golf course and clubhouseWesthill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 31 of 441972Industrial estateWesthill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 32 of 441972Roman Court, flats and townhousesBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 441972Town Shopping CentreWesthill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 34 of 441972Westhill TownshipWesthill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 35 of 441975Caledonian House  AberdeenScotlandMay have left by this date
Item 36 of 441975Castle ForbesAlford AberdeenshireScotlandRefurbishment - may not be involved
Item 37 of 441975Fincastle HarrisInverness-shireScotlandRefurbishment - may have left by this date
Item 38 of 441975Industrial and commercial buildingsWesthill AberdeenshireScotlandMay no longer be involved
Item 39 of 441975Industrial and commercial buildings and warehousesBridge of Don AberdeenshireScotlandMay no longer be involved
Item 40 of 44Before 1975Computer Centre for the Corporation of Glasgow  GlasgowScotland 
Item 41 of 44Before 1975Hannah Research InstituteAuchincruive AyrshireScotlandNew laboratory
Item 42 of 44Before 1975Hillpark Secondary School  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 43 of 44Before 1975Kelvin Hall  GlasgowScotlandNew arena
Item 44 of 44Before 1975Phillips Industries factory and officesWashington Co. DurhamEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p435

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 no10854 (stored under F5816); F no5816 (combined box 102).