Sir William Kininmonth

1904 - 1988

Architect. Born in Forfar and educated at Dunfermline High School and George Watson's College in Edinburgh. He was raised by an uncle, his parents having both died. Kininmonth studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art (1924-29), where he met his wife the artist Caroline Sutherland. He was an apprentice under Sir Edwin Lutyens and worked with Sir Basil Spence in the Edinburgh-based architectural practice of Rowand Anderson and Paul. In his work, Kininmonth mixed a modern style with Scottish vernacular. Examples of his buildings are Adam House in Chambers Street (1954), the Mary Erskine's School at Ravelston (1966) and Holland House (1959), the first of Edinburgh University's Pollock Halls, built in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. He lived nearby in Dick Place in The Grange in an Art Deco house built to his own design in 1933 and now a mecca for students of architecture.

Kininmonth was knighted in 1972 and awarded an honorary degree by the University of Dundee in 1975.

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