Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Anderson Findlay
Designation: Architect
Born: 11 February 1907
Bio Notes: George Anderson Findlay was born on 11 February 1907 and was articled to cinema architect Charles James McNair of Glasgow on 4 January 1924, attending classes at Glasgow High School until 1926 and subsequently taking the senior certificate course at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College. On completion of his apprenticeship in March 1930 he was appointed Assistant Architect for Scotland with Gaumont British Picture Corporation, and whilst there he completed his certificate course in 1932. He remained with Gaumont until December 1940, travelling extensively in Europe. He embarked on military service in 1940, but left the armed forces in January 1942 to take up a post as architectural assistant in the Miners' Welfare Commission in Scotland. He was admitted LRIBA on 14 December 1943, his proposers being Alexander Wright, Jack Antonio Coia, and Donald Denoon Jack, who wrote in his supporting statement that Findlay had 'proved himself to be a capable Architect with a wide experience and a good practical knowledge of his Profession'. At that time he was living at 137 Marlborough Avenue, Glasgow, and was still working for the Miners' Welfare Commission. He had emigrated to Australia by 1950 and was working in Canberra. He is not listed in 1960 suggesting he had died, retired or given up by then.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2137, Marlborough Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1943 *After 1949 
Item 2 of 216, Macintyre Street, Narrabundah, Canberra, AustraliaPrivate1950  

* 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 3Charles James McNair4 January 192424 March 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Gaumont British Picture Corporation Architect's Department27 March 193031 December 1940AssistantAssistant Architect for Scotland
Item 3 of 3Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)26 January 1942After 1943Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia14 December 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Donald Denoon Jack14 December 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Wright14 December 1943for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

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

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 L no5529 (combined box 85)