Basic Biographical Details

Name: David M Macdonald
Born: 5 July 1906
Died: 1983
Bio Notes: David M Macdonald was born on 5 July 1906. From 1923 to 1931 he was articled to Alexander Cumming Dewar and attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt during this period. He also had a spell of twelve months with Messrs McDonald & Ross, builders, Methil, though it is unclear if this was during his time with Dewar.

From 1931 to 1934 he had a post as assistant with Larry A Rolland, moving thereafter to T MacLure (almost certainly an error for McCrae), Hanover Street, Edinburgh where he remained until 1936. In that year he moved to Nottingham as senior assistant to Messrs Bromley, Cartwright & Waumsley. In 1938 he took a post as architectural assistant with the Ministry of Works. In this post he had a wide range of duties and worked on historic buildings, halls, churches, municipal buildings, hotels, banks, hospitals, factories, offices, shops, villas, bungalows, housing schemes, streets, services and water mains. He also prepared a drawing showing the House of Commons before destruction by enemy action in 1942.

He was elected LRIBA on 9 July 1946, proposed by Sir Charles Johns Mole, Alfred Bossom, John N Markham. Later that year he mooved to a post in the Architect's Section, PUD Bathurst, Gambia, British West Africa. He had returned to England by 1953. He is not listed in the RIBA Kalendar of 1960.

He died in Wellingborough in mid-1983. His death was registered between July and September 1983.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 363, Redfern Street, Hounslow, Middlessex, EnglandPrivate1946 *  
Item 2 of 3Ministry of Works, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness1946 *  
Item 3 of 38 Raleigh House, Albion Avenue, Wandsworth Road, London, EnglandPrivate1953 *  

* 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 6Alexander Cumming Dewar19231931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Lawrence Anderson Rolland19311932 or 1933Assistant 
Item 3 of 6L A Rolland & Partners1932 or 19331934Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Thomas McCrae19341936Assistantnomination papers seem to say 'T MacClure' (of Hanover Street, Edinburgh), but this is almost certainly an error
Item 5 of 6Bromley, Cartwright & Waumsley19361938Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19381941Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alfred Charles Bossom9 July 1946For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Hatton Markham9 July 1946For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Charles Johns Mole9 July 1946For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no2931 (Combined Box 108)