Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Kirkwood Dodds
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 October 1885
Died: 1968
Bio Notes: Archibald Kirkwood Dodds was born on 12 October 1885. He was articled to James Macintyre Henry of Edinburgh in 1902 and attended classes at the Edinburgh School of Art and Heriot-Watt College. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1907 he moved to London and joined the staff of Fair & Myer as junior architectural draughtsman. Two years later he took up a position as draughtsman in H M Office of Works, London, where he remained for two years. In 1911 he moved again, becoming architectural draughtsman and engineering assistant to L G Mouchel & Partners, a civil engineering firm which employed a core staff of architects who were responsible for any works requiring architectural treatment, such as bridges, industrial buildings and power stations.

Dodds served with the Royal Engineers in France, Belgium and Italy from the beginning of the First World War, and on demobilisation in 1919 returned to L G Mouchel & Partners, where he was appointed Director in 1922. He was still with the same firm when he was admitted LRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being George Val Myer, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and Edwin John Tanner. He specialised in reinforced concrete structures, and was a member of a number of structural engineering and surveying institutes.

He was elected FRIBA on 8 February 1949, his proposers being Maclennan, Sir James Grey West and another. He died in Lambeth in London in early 1968. His death was registered between January and March of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 238, Victoria Street, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness1930 *  
Item 2 of 2Essira, Shere, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1930 *After 1960 

* 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 6James Macintyre Henry19021905Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Henry & Maclennan19051907Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Fair & Myer19071909Junior Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19091911Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 6L G Mouchel & Partners19111922DraughtsmanWith the exception of war service, 1914-19
Item 6 of 6L G Mouchel & Partners1922After 1930Director 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Thomas Forbes MaclennanEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6Thomas Forbes Maclennan8 February 1949for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6George Val MyerEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6George Val Myer8 February 1949for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Edwin John TannerEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6(Sir) James Grey West8 February 1949for Fellowship

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 21920s(?)Tower Bridge over Tower BurnCockburnspath BerwickshireScotlandAs Director of L G Mouchel
Item 2 of 21925Royal Tweed BridgeBerwick-upon-Tweed NorthumberlandEnglandPresumably involved, as Director of L G Mouchel & Partners


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3857 (box 17); F no4434 (combined box 14)