Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Glen Dunn
Designation: Architect
Born: 1877
Died: 5 March 1954
Bio Notes: John Glen Dunn was born in 1877. He commenced his career as a bricklayer in Glasgow, and in 1896 began attending classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College under Charles Gourlay and James Lochhead who encouraged him to take up architecture as a profession. In 1902 he became a pupil of William Ferguson of Cambuslang, and in the following year moved to the office of James H Hunt.

Dunn was elected LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Gourlay, Lochhead and Vernon Constable; and became FRIBA in early 1921, proposed by Lochhead, Andrew Balfour and John Fairweather. His nomination papers contain numerous inconsistencies which make it difficult to track the path of his career. He travelled in Europe, visiting significant buildings in Berlin, Hanover, Cologne, Paris and Brussels, in either 1902 or 1904. He claims to have commenced practice as an architect and surveyor in Cambuslang in either 1904 or 1909, and to have been head teacher of Building Construction and related subjects at Hamilton Technical School from 1902 onwards where he remained a teacher for twenty years. He also taught at Cambuslang School. He was an expert in tall chimney construction and was often used as an adviser. He served on the Council of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and was a Burns' enthusiast and a keen bowler as well as a Freemason.

His work included housing schemes at Cambuslang, community centres, miners' welfare centres, houses, cottages, halls and work for Clyde Paper Mills and the Scottish Wire Rope Works.

Dunn died on 5 March 1954 aged seventy-seven.


'Tall chimney construction', published in 'Builders' Journal', August 1901.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 430, Bank Street, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1911After 1914 
Item 2 of 4122, Main Street, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1920 *  
Item 3 of 431, Greenlees Road, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness19201939 or after 1940At least from and to these dates
Item 4 of 411, Central Avenue, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 2William Ferguson19021903Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2James H Hunt19031904 or 1909Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Donaldson SamuelMay 1933Before August 1935Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Andrew BalfourLate 1920 or early 1921for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Vernon Constable20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6John FairweatherLate 1920 or early 1921for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Charles Gourlay20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 6James Lochhead20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6James LochheadLate 1920 or early 1921for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2James Gray Hood16 September 1941for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2John Donaldson Samuel30 November 1936for 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 18After 1904Cottage and stables, Strathaven RoadHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 18After 1904Double cottage and stable, St Leonard StreetLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 18After 1904Power station for Edmondston & CoHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 18After 1904Residence and shops, Main StreetBangor County DownNorthern Ireland 
Item 5 of 18After 1904Saloon and showroomsBangor County DownNorthern Ireland 
Item 6 of 18After 1904TenementsCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 18After 1904Tenements, Hamilton RoadCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 18After 1904Tenements, Lightburn RoadCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 18After 1909Clyne Paper Company mill buildings  Lanarkshire?ScotlandExtension
Item 10 of 18After 1909Congregational ChurchCambuslang LanarkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 11 of 18After 1909Hall and offices for Gilbertfield Co-Operative SocietyGilbertfield LanarkshireScotland 
Item 12 of 18After 1909Mid-Lanark Housing Schemes  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 13 of 18After 1909Premises for Cambuslang Co-Operative SocietyCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 18After 1909Tenements and shopsCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 15 of 18After 1909Tenements and shopsCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 181939Miners' Welfare SchemeCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 18Before 1954Clyde Paper MillsEastfield, Rutherglen LanarkshireScotlandFurther buildings?
Item 18 of 18Before 1954Scottish Wire Rope Works   ScotlandAdditions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalJuly 1954 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp391

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 L v17 no1240; F no1769 (microfilm reel 14)