Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Rankin
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 September 1881
Bio Notes: William Rankin was born on 30 September 1881 and was articled to John McLean Crawford in 1898, studying at Dumbarton School of Art. He continued his studies at the Glasgow School of Art from 1900 whilst completing his apprenticeship with Crawford, who had taken Alexander Cochran Denny into partnership in that year, and remained with the same firm after completing his apprenticeship, staying with Denny in Dumbarton for a time after Crawford had given up his role in that office in 1903 to practise alone in Glasgow.

Later in 1903 he emigrated to South Africa, spending two years as assistant to Jones & Draiby in Cape Town before setting sail again, this time for New York where he obtained a post with Louis Berger & Co in Brooklyn. He transferred to the office of Theodore Cuyler Visscher at 425 Fifth Avenue, New York City in 1906 and was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being his former employers Crawford and Denny.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 132, Woodbine Street, Brooklyn, New York, United States of AmericaPrivate1912 *  

* 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 7John McLean (or Maclean) Crawford1898March 1900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Crawford & DennyMarch 19001902Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7Crawford & Denny19021903Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Alexander Cochran Denny19031903Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Jones & Draiby19031905Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Louis Berger & Co19051906Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Theodore Cuyler Visscher1906After 1912Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2John McLean (or Maclean) Crawford24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Alexander Cochran Denny24 June 1912for Licentiateship


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 v25 no2070