Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alan McWilliam
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 November 1921
Died: March 1980
Bio Notes: Alan McWilliam was born on 7 November 1921 at Craiglea Drive in Edinburgh, the son of Peter Andrew McWilliam, subcommissioner for smallholdings and his wife Jean McMeiken McCraig who had married in 1911 in Wigtownshire. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art from October 1938. His training was interrupted by military service from July 1939 to February 1941, but he completed the ECA diploma course thereafter. He passed the professional practice exam in October 1944, then embarked on a course in town planning. He was admitted ARIBA on 11 December 1945, his proposers being Frank Charles Mears, John Ross McKay and Leslie Grahame Thomson.

In 1950 he had a post in Inverness County Planning Office. He emigrated to Canada where he worked in 1970 for the Planning Commissioner, Borough of East York, Toronto. He died there in 1980.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 443, Craiglea Drive, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1945 *  
Item 2 of 4County Planning Office/The Castle, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  
Item 3 of 4Coxwell & Mortimer Avenues, Toronto, Ontario, CanadaBusiness1970 Planning Commissioner's Office, Borough of East York
Item 4 of 464, Jackman Avenue, Toronto, CanadaPrivate1980 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Ross McKay11 December 1945for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears11 December 1945for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)11 December 1945for Associateship


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 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no8560 (combined box 212)