Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast and Chicago, Illinois. Reginald Malcolmson, son of Thomas Robert Malcolmson, a civil servant from Co. Cavan, was born in Dublin on 16 September 1912,(1)   In 1923 his parents, who were Protestants, moved to Belfast, where Malcomson, on leaving school, became a pupil of JOHN MACGEAGH  JOHN MACGEAGH while also studying at the College of Technology.  After a four-year pupillage he continued to work as MacGeagh's assistant. In 1942 he was heavily involved in the exhibiton of a city plan for Belfast in the form of a model which was displayed at the Belfast Musum of Art.  In 1944 he briefly worked with NOEL MOFFETT  NOEL MOFFETT in Dublin before entering a partnership with  GEORGE PHILIP BELL  GEORGE PHILIP BELL and his brother ROGER HAYDOCK BELL  ROGER HAYDOCK BELL in Belfast.

Always an enthusiast for the international modern movement and provided with some financial security by a gift of money from his mother, in 1947 Malcolmson approached Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology and was invited to work in his office.  He remained with van der Rohe until 1955.  From 1964 to 1974 he was Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.(2)  He also practised privately at Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1966 until his death, which took place on 1 June 1992.(3)   A collection of his drawings is in the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan.

RIBA: elected associate, 1944.(4)

For Irish works see under works of BELL & MALCOLMSON. MALCOLMSON.


Information not otherwise attributed is from the reminiscences of Reginald Malcolmson (1987), Chicago Architects Oral History Project,  http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/research/specialcollections/oralhistories/malcolmson.html (last visited, Feb 2012).

(1) www.familysearch.org.
(2) www.caup.umich.edu/welcome/history.html.
(3) See note 1, above.
(4) RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958, 361.

Author Title Date Details
Malcolmson, Reginald Francis Philosophy of architectural education: talk delivered at the ACSA Regional Meeting 1959 1959 ACSA, Jan 1959.