Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas McLaren
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1887
Died: 1967(?)
Bio Notes: Thomas McLaren was born probably in the late 1880s and articled to George Kennedy Young in 1894. During that time he worked with Young's brother Cedric who had been in Burnet Son & Campbell's office and was profoundly influenced by that practice. He remained with the Youngs until 1898, attending evening classes at Sharp's Institution. In that year, or at the beginning of 1899, McLaren moved to Thomas Lennox Watson's office in Glasgow, enabling him to study at Glasgow School of Art and at some point he made a study tour of Belgium. In 1902 he emigrated to Montreal where he found a place in the office of Andrew Thomas Taylor and passed the qualifying exam (in Montreal). He was admitted ARIBA on 2 March 1903, his proposers being Taylor Watson and the London architect John Slater. When Taylor returned to Britain in 1905 McLaren joined the architectural department of the Bank of Montreal but commenced a small private spare-time practice with Frank Peden. This built up over the years and in 1909 McLaren and Peden entered into a partnership which was dissolved in 1915. McLaren thereafter practised alone until he retired in 1939. He died in 1967.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 161A, Victoria Street, Montreal, CanadaPrivate1902 *  

* 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 4George Penrose Kennedy Young23 July 18941898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Lennox Watson1898 or 18991902Assistant 
Item 3 of 4(Sir) Andrew Thomas Taylor19021905(?)Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Peden & McLaren1905 or 19091915PartnerWorked with Peden from 1905 but official partnership was not formed until 1909


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2(Sir) Andrew Thomas Taylor2 March 1903for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Thomas Lennox Watson2 March 1903for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Thomas Morgan Forrest16 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4Andrew Edwin Martin24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4David Shennan20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4John Roxburgh Smith22 April 1912for Licentiateship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Montreal Gazette20 April 1967  Obituary

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 v15 (microfilm reel 18)