Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Murdoch (or Murdock) Irvine
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 April 1911
Died: 4 March 1978
Bio Notes: Alexander Murdoch (or Murdock - the spelling varies in different sources) Irvine was born on 1 April 1911, the son of John Irvine, minister of religion, and his wife, Margaret Joan Murray. He was articled to Edwin L Williamson of Aberdeen for three years from 1 August 1927. After completing his apprenticeship he studied full-time at Aberdeen School of Architecture, passing the qualifying exam in July 1933. He was admitted ARIBA on 5 February 1934, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson (junior), James Brown Nicol, and Robert Leslie Rollo, who wrote in his supporting statement: ' as head of the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's Colleges, Aberdeen I noted him from his entry to the School for industry, & accuracy & for the taste displayed in his work. He distinguished himself during his school course.' His nomination papers state that he was still studying at the College at the time of his application for admittance, and give his home address as The Rectory, Insch.

Irvine died at the City Hospital in Aberdeen on 4 March 1978 leaving a widow, May Louise Walker, living at Invercannie House, Inchmarlo, by Banchory, Kincardineshire.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2The Rectory, Insch, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1934 *  
Item 2 of 2Invercannie House, Inchmarlo, by Banchory, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *1970s(?) 

* 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 1Edwin L Williamson1 August 1927 Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Brown Nicol5 February 1934for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo5 February 1934for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)5 February 1934for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 61958Moine-na-Vey LodgeBallater (by) AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 2 of 61960sBlock of flatsBanchory KIncardineshireScotland 
Item 3 of 61960sHouse for C P CarnieKintore AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 4 of 61960sHouse for H AndersonTorphins AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 5 of 61960sHouse for N HinksBanchory KincardineshireScotland 
Item 6 of 61960sW Alexander's houseInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 no5319 (combined box 71)