Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert George Will
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 June 1910
Died: Before 1967
Bio Notes: Robert George Will was born on 29 June 1910, the son of Robert Will, wholesale druggist, and his wife Jessie Wishart Blake. He took day classes at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College from September 1927. In July 1930 he commenced his apprenticeship in the office of Jenkins & Marr whilst continuing to attend evening classes at the School. He passed the final exam in July 1933 and was admitted ARIBA on 8 January 1934, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and T Scott Sutherland. His declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed on 13 January by William A Davidson at the Jenkins & Marr office at 16 Bridge Street, Aberdeen, suggesting that Will had remained as assistant after completing his training.

By 1948-49 Will had moved to Pakistan to work for or to hold the post of the Chief Architect, Pakistan Public Works Department, Karachi. In 1954-55 he was working Iraq, possibly for the Ottoman Bank, though this address may have been given in RIBA Kalendars simply for convenience. He remained there until at least 1960. He would appear to have retired to Tangier, Morocco by 1966. He is no longer entered in the Kalendar for 1967-68.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 518, Louisville Avenue, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1934 *  
Item 2 of 52, Loanhead Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivatec. 1946  
Item 3 of 5Karachi, PakistanBusinessc. 1949  
Item 4 of 5Bagdad, IraqBusinessc. 1955  
Item 5 of 56, Leon Africain, Tangier, MoroccoPrivateBefore 19651966 

* 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 2Jenkins & MarrJuly 1930July 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Jenkins & Marr1933(?) AssistantUnclear whether he remained as assistant


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 2 of 3T Scott Sutherland8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)8 January 1934for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 2 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1966Kalendar 1966-67   
Item 4 of 4RIBA Directory1968RIBA Directory 1967-68 Copy located at NMRS 

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 A no5312 (combined box 70)