Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alick Walter Gordon Inglis
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 February 1918
Bio Notes: Alick Walter Gordon Inglis was born on 24 February 1918 and attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art from September 1935 to July 1938. In September of the latter year he commenced a five-year apprenticeship in the office of John Ross McKay, but his training was interrupted by the outbreak of war. He volunteered for the army on his return from a holiday in South Africa in September 1939, continuing to work in McKay's office until July 1940 when he was called up. His military service commenced in September that year.

Whilst on active service in 1941 he met G B L Norburn, who would later be one of his proposers for membership of the RIBA. It was Norburn who encouraged him to take up a position in the architectural practice of C M Giles in Kampala, Uganda, at the end of the war, in July 1946, with the expectation that he would eventually succeed to the practice. Inglis passed the RIBA final exam in Nairobi in 1949 and was admitted ARIBA on 2 May 1950 and commenced practice on his own account in Kampala the same year, although whether he took over from Giles or established an office of his own is unclear. He was elevated to FRIBA on 2 February 1960, proposed by Norburn, Basil Spence and John L Hope (whose address was given as Mulago Hospital, Kampala). His nomination papers list a number of buildings carried out in the 1950s for Makerere College/University, as well as various other educational and office projects.

Inglis resigned his RIBA membership in 1992, at which time he was living in Plymouth, Montserrat, West Indies with his wife, both in poor health.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Kampala, UgandaBusiness1946After 1960 
Item 2 of 2Plymouth, Montserrat, West IndiesPrivate1992 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Ross McKaySeptember 1938July 1940Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2C M GilesJuly 19461950Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2George Bertram Edward Norburn2 February 1960for Fellowship
Item 2 of 2(Sir) Basil Urwin Spence2 February 1960for Fellowship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no11574 (stored under F5435, combined box 79); F5435 (combined box 79)