Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Alexander Mackenzie
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 June 1920
Bio Notes: Ian Alexander Mackenzie was born on 16 June 1920, the son of Kenneth Mackenzie, the school janitor at Dingwall Academy, and his wife Elizabeth Georgina Sutherland. He may have been related to M Mackenzie who worked John Grant Chisholm in about 1939. He studied for the diploma in architecture at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen. He was elected ARIBA in 1950 [12226]. Mackenzie briefly worked for the Public Works Department in Lagos, Nigeria but returned to Scotland and in 1956 joined the firm Donald Matheson & Sons, founded by Donald Matheson in 1908.

Donald Matheson was born in 1878 and articled to Ross & Macbeth of Inverness, c.1893 to 1898, and presumably remained as an assistant. In 1906 he emigrated to Durban, but returned in 1908 to commence independent practice in Strathpeffer, moving office to Dingwall in 1910. He was subsequently appointed County Architect for Ross and Cromarty but continued his private practice. He was admitted LRIBA in 1925.

Matheson died in October 1934. The practice was carried on by his sons Donald and Huisdean who retained the firm title of Donald Matheson & Sons. The practised continued under the same name until 1956 when it became Matheson & Mackenzie when Ian Alexander Mackenzie was taken into partnership.

Mackenzie disappeared from RIBA directories in the early 1990s and had presumably ceased to practice by then.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 211, High Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1939  
Item 2 of 2Sands, Findhorn Bay, Forres, Morayshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1987  

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 3John Grant Chisholm1939(?) * Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 3Matheson & Mackenzie1956 Partner 
Item 3 of 3Matheson Mackenzie & Partner (later Matheson Mackenzie & Partners)1974 Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 381953Kiltearn Free ChurchEvanton Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 2 of 381959Free Presbyterian ChurchDingwall Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 3 of 381960Royal Bank of Scotland and officesFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 4 of 381964RestaurantInverewe Ross & CromartyScotlandExtension
Item 5 of 381967Argyll HotelUllapool Ross and CromartyScotlandExtensions
Item 6 of 381967Beauly Sports Centre and curling rinkBeauly Inverness-shire  
Item 7 of 381968Caledonian HotelUllapool Ross and CromartyScotlandNew wing
Item 8 of 381968Croft HouseTorridon Ross and CromartyScotlandReconstruction
Item 9 of 381968Goldsmith's FactoryDingwall Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 10 of 381969380 houses, Burnside, TollochwoodDingwall Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 11 of 381969Golfview HotelNairn NairnshireScotlandBedroom alterations
Item 12 of 381969Ski chalets and flats at the CairngormsRothiemurchus Estate Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 13 of 381970sArisaig Hotel  Inverness-shireScotlandMarina added
Item 14 of 381970sBreathing apparatus traning schoolInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 15 of 381970sCommunity hall VatersayRoss & CromartyScotland 
Item 16 of 381970sCommunity hallUllapool Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 17 of 381970sCraftpoint Silvercraft FactoryBeauly Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 18 of 381970sFactory for Scottish Development AgencyHuntly AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 19 of 381970sFactory for SDADufftown BanffshireScotland 
Item 20 of 381970sKirkwall Mountaincraft FactoryFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 21 of 381970sLand reclamationBeauly Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 22 of 381970sResidential development of 400 housesInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 23 of 381970sSwimming pool and recreation complex for Mr Van Ooijen     
Item 24 of 38Before 1975Butcher's shopGairloch Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 25 of 38Before 1975CottageSaltburn Ross & CromartyScotlandImprovements
Item 26 of 38Before 1975CottageClunas, Cawdor NairnshireScotlandImprovements
Item 27 of 38Before 1975Cottage, AigasBeauly Ross & CromartyScotlandImprovements
Item 28 of 38Before 1975Filling Station for Tain MotorsTain Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 29 of 38Before 1975HotelDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 30 of 38Before 1975HotelScourie SutherlandScotlandAlterations
Item 31 of 38Before 1975HouseLochcarron Ross & CromartyScotlandExtension
Item 32 of 38Before 1975House for Mr MacIverFortrose Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 33 of 38Before 1975House for Mr MacKenzieUllapool Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 34 of 38Before 1975House for Mrs MitchellAultnagar, Lairg SutherlandScotland 
Item 35 of 38Before 1975Knitwear FactoryShawbostLewisRoss & CromartyScotland 
Item 36 of 38Before 1975Private residential developmentCromarty Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 37 of 38Before 1975SupermarketAlness Ross & CromartyScotlandExtension
Item 38 of 38Before 1975Workshop unitHelmsdale SutherlandScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp98