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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Cruickshank
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 May 1913
Died: 13 September 2003(?)
Bio Notes: George Cruickshank was born at Newtonhill, Cookney, on 9 May 1913, the son of David B Cruickshank, cashier, and his wife, Bella Beaton who had married in 1910. He attended day and evening classes at Aberdeen School of Architecture from September 1932 until June 1935 and from November 1937 until June 1938. Between these spells he was articled to James Brown Nicol in Aberdeen and continued working there after recommencing his studies at the School. He sat the final examination in Aberdeen in June 1938. He moved to Edinburgh to study at Edinburgh College of Art for the diploma in Town Planning. He may then have been called up for war service as there there is a gap in his career between the final exam in June 1938 and his election as ARIBA in 1942.

From 1942 Cruickshank worked for Aberdeen County Council. He emigrated to Canada on the Aquitania in 1948 or 1949 with his wife, Elizabeth Mitchell Buchan, a graduate in drawing and painting who he met at Art School in Aberdeen, and settled for a while in Wolfville Nova Scotia working for a small private practice. After a year or so, he moved to Montreal, becoming a senior architect at the firm of Fetcherstonhaugh, Durnford, Bolton and Chadwick. After five years with them, he became Chief Architect with the Dupont Chemical Company in Montreal, a post which he held for six years. He then returned to Nova Scotia, to take up an invitation to run a small practice in Amherst, following the death of its principal. (David Collin, nephew by marriage of Cruickshank worked for him there for a few months in the summer of 1964). After 15 years there, he moved to Edmonton in Alberta where he worked as a site architect on a multimillion dollar project for the Zeigler Group. Almost certainly he also qualified as a structural engineer at some stage in his career. He retired and returned to Nova Scotia in 1980, and died there on 13th September 2003, predeceased by his wife who died in January of the same year. His latter years in Nova Scotia were spent in Kentville, Cambridge, Wolfville and Berwick.

A man of many talents, George Cruickshank was a competent artist, writer and an accomplished musician, playing the piano, violin and viola. His tastes and skills were widely based, and included playing with George Shearing, other dance bands in Scotland, and a number of orchestras in Nova Scotia and Montreal.He also sang in several choirs in both Nova Scotia and Montreal.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 553, Irvine Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1942 *  
Item 2 of 522, Union Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1942 *  
Item 3 of 523, Westfield Road, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1948 *  
Item 4 of 5278, Main Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, CanadaPrivate1950 *  
Item 5 of 5Fetcherstonhaugh, Durnford, Bolton & Chadwick/9, Victoria Square, Montreal, CanadaBusiness1953 *  

* 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 1James Brown NicolJune 19351938Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Morrison Hay19 May 1942For Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Brown Nicol19 May 1942For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo19 May 1942For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 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 2Courtesy of David CollinInformation sent to Dictionary Sent 29 April 2013
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 8041 (Combined Box 203)


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