Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Douglas Holmes
Born: 28 June 1910
Died: 26 March 1991
Bio Notes: Archibald Douglas Holmes was born on 28 June 1910, the son of Hugh Holmes, tweed merchant, and his wife Mary Margaret Campbell. He served hs articles in the office of Abercrombie & Maitland in Paisley from 1925 to 1930, during this period he studied at Paisley College of Technology (1925-28), at Glasgow School of Art (1928-31) and at the Royal College of Technology (1934-35).

On completion of his apprenticeship he moved to a post as assistant with Donald John Cameron in Glasgow. In 1934 he moved again to the architects' department of the Scottish Wholesale Co-operative Society as architectural assistant where he remained until 1938. In the latter year he took a a post with HM Office of Works in Bishopton, Renfrewshire transferring in 1940 as part of his war duties to the Ministry of Supply, also based in Bishopton.

From 1941 to 1946 he served in the Royal Air Force. On demobilisation he returned to Glasgow and started business on his own account at 79 West Regent Street in Glasgow.
He was elected LRIBA in 1951 proposed by James Steel Maitland, Frank Russell Burnet and William McCrea.

Subsequently William Miller Findlay McDonald joined Holmes in partnership, the practice becoming A D Holmes & McDonald. He retired in 1980 and resigned from the RIBA on 26 November of that year.

He died on 26 March 1991 at his home in Glasgow, survived by his wife Eliza Jane Thomson and his son who lived in Giffnock.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1149, Deanston Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19701991 

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 6Abercrombie & Maitland1 August 192518 March 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Donald John Cameron18 March 19301934Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Scottish Co-Operative Wholesale Society (SCWS) Architectural Department (CWS Ltd Architecture & Design)30 July 19341938Assistant 
Item 4 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)11 April 19381940Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Ministry of Supply11 November 1940 Assistant 
Item 6 of 6A D Holmes & McDonald1970s Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Frank Russell Burnet11 December 1951For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Steel Maitland12 November 1951For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William McCrea11 December 1951For Licentiateship

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 76 March 1953Flats, Cardross RoadDumbarton West DunbartonshireScotlandCompletion of 'prototype' flats
Item 2 of 727 March 1953Premises of Gardner & Greenshields Ltd, Pollokshaws Road  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 3 of 71970Housing for Bute County Council ArranButeScotland 
Item 4 of 71972Grove Christian Centre  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 71974Kilmory Primary SchoolKilmoryArranButeScotland 
Item 6 of 71974Primary SchoolRothesayButeArgyll & ButeScotland 
Item 7 of 71975Lochranza Field Studies Centre ArranButeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder6 March 1953  p380
Item 2 of 2RIAS NewsletterMay 1991v2, no9 Death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination PapersL6494 (Box 143)