Minute books 1884-1995, financial papers including accounts and statements 1907-1994, agendas, training courses and lectures 1962-1963, completed RIAS membership applications c.1920-1955, papers relating to the Duncan Bequest 1889, 1931, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1955,1961, press cuttings 1996, miscellaneous papers including centenary celebrations 1984.
Dundee Institute of Architects
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Administrative / Biographical History
The Dundee Institute of Architecture, Science and Art was established in 1884 on the proposal of Charles Ower, a specialist in domestic architecture. He suggested that a local organisation be formed along the lines of London's Architectural Association, "to afford facilities for the study of architecture, the applied sciences and the fine arts by means of papers and discussions; sectional meetings, classes for study; prizes; visits to public works and buildings or excursions for sketching; and such other means as the council may determine".
In 1891 the Institute became the second architectural society in Scotland to enter into an alliance with the Royal Institute of British Architects, giving recognition to Dundee as the centre for architectural education north of the River Tay.
At the instigation and with the support of The Institute, pupilage was initially supplemented by evening classes and by the 1920s, a School of Architecture was established. This was at the local Technical Institute before being moved to the new art college. In the 1930s, the Architect's Institute was involved in discussions concerning the proposed Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Once the College was established, the Institute provided a representative on the Board of Governors and also provided teaching staff.
The period after 1945 has been marked by the Institute's continued interest in architectural education, providing a liaison between local architectural practices and the School of Architecture at the Duncan of Jordanstone College, University of Dundee.
Records are arranged chronologically within series.
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The records were deposited in 1996 (AccM/337).
Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, August 2001.
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