Basic Biographical Details

Name: Rollo & Hall
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: After 1932
Ended: After 1939
Bio Notes: Robert Leslie Rollo was born on 23 August 1888, the son of Robert Rollo. He served his apprenticeship in the office of James Lindsay, studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He moved to Ayr in 1911 to join James Archibald Morris as assistant, returning to Glasgow two years later as assistant to Sir John James Burnet and Norman Aitken Dick, then working under the practice name of John Burnet & Son. He was subsequently transferred to Burnet's London office where he worked on the British Museum extension.

In 1914 he commenced independent practice at 248 West George Street, Glasgow, in collaboration with James Lindsay Junior, the son of his former employer; the elder Lindsay had died on 8 September that year and his son had taken on the practice at the early age of twenty-two. It is not clear whether a formal partnership existed, but in any case the association was cut short by the outbreak of the First World War, during which Rollo served with the Royal Engineers and, in 1917, married Elizabeth Whyte, daughter of Robert P Whyte.

On his return from the war Rollo moved back north to Aberdeen where he resumed independent practice in 1920 and was appointed assistant in the School of Architecture, later becoming Head of the School. Whilst there he was appointed architect to the Governors of Robert Gordon's College and designed the new buildings for the Technical College and School of Art. He was admitted FRIBA in early 1930, his proposers being Robert Gordon Wilson Junior, John Alexander Ogg Allan and George Watt. He was President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects 1935-37. He resigned his post in the School of Architecture in 1937 to concentrate on his private practice.

He appears to have shared an office with James Brown Nicol and David Polson Hall until about 1939, and occasionally worked in collaboration, although it is unclear whether a formal partnership existed. Hall had been born on 21 January 1908, the son of James Hall of Stonehaven, where he was educated at Mackie Academy. He had been articled to Gregory & Gall of Stonehaven in 1924, studying at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Gray's School of Art. In 1931, having obtained his post-diploma, he had joined Rollo as chief assistant, commencing practice on his own account a year later although remaining in the same office. Hall was admitted ARIBA in late 1932, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and James Brown Nicol.

Hall was a keen hockey player, and served as Vice-President of the Northern District Hockey Association in 1934. He was a finalist in the King's Cup, Aberdeen Wapinschaw, in 1935. His sporting interests also extended to golf and tennis.

In private life Rollo was an active Freemason, being President of the Aberdeen Chapter from 1933 to 1936. He died on 11 January 1948.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1146, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6James Cairncrossc. 1921November 1925Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Gordon David DiackAfter 1932Before 1937ApprenticeFor three years
Item 3 of 6Robert Leslie RolloAfter 1932c. 1939(?)Partner(?) 
Item 4 of 6David Polson HallAfter 1932c. 1939(?)Partner(?) 
Item 5 of 6Kenneth Bradley Miller18 May 19341 September 1934Junior Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Gordon David DiackJune 1937 Junior Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 121930sKaimhill Housing EstateKaimhill AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 121930Robert Gordon's Secondary School  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 3 of 121935Aberdeen CrematoriumKaimhill AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 121935Social hall and other officesTorry AberdeenScotlandPlans in hand
Item 5 of 121935Social halls and officesHilton AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 121936Drill HallTurriff AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 7 of 121936House of GlennieMarnoch AberdeenshireScotlandAttribution
Item 8 of 121936The Picture HouseStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 9 of 121936The Red House  AberdeenScotland 
Item 10 of 121937Inverurie Infectious Diseases HospitalInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 11 of 121939Kingsway Cinema  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 121939Nazareth House  AberdeenScotlandRebuilding


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.