Overview

Elected ARSA: 17 March 1943 

Elected RSA: 2 November 1953

Andrew Graham Henderson died at his home in Pollockshields, Glasgow, on 21st November, 1963, after a lengthy period of disability. He was 81.

 

Mr. Henderson was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but came to Scotland in his early youth and was educated at Irvine Royal Academy and Allan Glen's School, Glasgow. He served his apprenticeship with Mac- Whannell & Rogerson, Architects, Glasgow, and studied at the Royal Technical College and the Glasgow School of Art.

 

In 1911, he was awarded the Arthur Cates Prize. In his early days, Graham Henderson worked as an assistant, along with Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in John Keppie's office, and at the time of his death he was senior partner in the firm Keppie Henderson & Partners.

 

Graham Henderson adorned and enriched the architectural scene in Scotland for more than half a century. lle worked hard all his life and his various works and important official and institutional appointments make a formidable list. His many well-proportioned, cleverly planned buildings show evidence of his inventive skill and versatility, and his building for the Bank of Scotland in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, is considered the best example of its kind in the country.

 

As a Scottish Architect his notable achievement was his unanimous election in 1950 as President of the R.I.B.A., which was received with as much satisfaction in London and the South as it was in Scotland. The high point of his term of office was when he undertook on behalf of the 12. R. I, B, A, a tour right across Canada and back through the United States of America.

 

He travelled widely, and Honorary Membership of the Ameri- can Institute and of the Canadian Institute of Architects was conferred upon him. In the First World War, he was an Officer inthe Glasgow Highlanders and was severely wounded, losing the use of his right arm and hand.

 

Thereafter, he was War Department Valuer. In the Second World War, he was Quartering Commandant, West Scotland Division. In 1943, he was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Scottish Academy and received full Academician Rank in 1953, His friends remember and admire his many sterling qualities, his frank and generous nature, and infectious good humour. He is survived by his Wife and married Daughter.

 

Transcribed from the 1963 RSA Annual Report