Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Harkness Wallace
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 July 1897
Died: 19 February 1942
Bio Notes: Robert Harkness Wallace was born on 20 July 1897, the son of John Wallace, engineer's draughtsman and his wife, Sarah Summers. His middle name Harkness appears neither in his birth nor his death details but perhaps added at some point for professional reasons. He was articled to William Riddell Glen of Glasgow in 1912, attending classes at the Glasgow School of Architecture. In 1915 he transferred to the office of William Beresford Inglis and after eight months moved again to spend the last seven months of his apprenticeship with William Baillie. On completion of his training he joined Sir William Arrol & Co as a structural draughtsman and architectural assistant, but he left after nine months to take up a post as draughtsman and resident engineer for the Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department. Thereafter he continued to work as an assistant in several offices, both architectural and engineering, joining Fryers & Penman of Largs in 1920, Brown & Kincaid of Glasgow in 1924, the Clydeview Construction Company in Bridge of Weir in 1926 and C Davidson & Son in Paisley in 1927. He was still in the latter office when he was admitted LRIBA on 10 July 1939, his proposers being Robert Miller, Eric Alexander Sutherland and Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour.

Wallace died on 19 February 1942 at his home in Cambuslang. He was not married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 287, Dukes Road, Cambuslang, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1942 
Item 2 of 210, Craigpark Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  

* 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 8William Riddell Glen1912Early 1915Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8William Beresford InglisEarly 1915Late 1915Apprentice 
Item 3 of 8William BaillieLate 1915Mid 1916Apprentice 
Item 4 of 8(Sir) William Arrol & Co LtdMid 1916Early 1917Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 8Air Ministry Works & Buildings DepartmentEarly 19171920Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 8Fryers & Penman19201924Assistant 
Item 7 of 8Brown & Kincaid19241926Assistant 
Item 8 of 8C Davidson & Son1927After 1938Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour10 July 1939for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Miller10 July 1939for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Eric Alexander Sutherland10 July 1939for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4791 (combined box 35)