Robert Matthew Architect, Scottish Architecture, Building, British Design Office, Projects

Robert Matthew, Modern Architect

Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners, Scotland, UK

post updated 17 May 2021

Robert Matthew Architect – Key Projects

Robert Matthew was best known for the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and for New Zealand House in London (photo below).

New Zealand House London by Robert Matthew Architect
photo © Nick Weall

His Edinburgh-based practice later developed into RMJM Architects which is still headquartered in Edinburgh but has offices throughout the world.

Major Buildings by this architect

British Home Stores, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built:
British Home Stores – Bhs building on Princes Street, the prime retail street in the Scottish capital city.

David Hume Tower, 40 George Square, Edinburgh, Scotland – Tower and Lecture Block including stepped podium
Dates built: 1960-63
David Hume Tower
Project architect: John Richards
Structural engineers: Blyth & Blyth
Contractors: Crudens
14-storey, rectangular-plan, slab block, on E-W axis, with single-storey outshot to the rear, forming part of university faculty group in Modernist style using, set on stepped concrete podium. Reinforced concrete structure with brick infill. E and W Elevations clad in polished black slate (vertical emphasis accentuated by arrangement of slate slabs, continuing above parapet, enveloping plant room); N and S (end) elevations clad in York sandstone; random rubble Craigmillar stone at sub-podium level.

Edinburgh (Turnhouse) Airport, Edinburgh

Lothian Regional Headquarters, George IV Bridge / Royal Mile, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built: 1968
since demolished to make way for a new hotel building by Allan Murray Architects – Hotel Missoni
Lothian Regional Headquarters

New Zealand House, London, England
New Zealand House
photos © Nick Weall
New Zealand House London

Queen Elizabeth Square, Glasgow, Scotland
Queen Elizabeth Square

Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh
Commonwealth Pool design by architect Robert Matthew

Pathfoot Building at University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK
Date built: 1966-67
Pathfoot Building at University of Stirling
Grade A listed building sited at the north west side of this interesting campus. An outstanding example of post-war Modernist Scottish architecture, of international significance.

This is a 20th Century tertiary education building in a parkland landscape setting. A highly flexible plan form that influenced Norman Foster’s Willis Faber Dumas Building In Ipswich.

Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, north west Europe

British Architect Practice Information

Sir Robert Hogg Matthew

Robert Matthew : Architect

Robert was London County Council Chief Architect. Working for the LCC made his name and he was instrumental in creating one of the UK’s key 20th century buildings, New Zealand House off Pall Mall, London. Matthew had graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and he returned to Scotland in 1953.

Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners – RMJM (1956-) created some key Edinburgh buildings – notably the Commonwealth Pool and the landmark David Hume Tower. The latter was striking – and controversial, partly spawning the Edinburgh building conservation movement – in that it invaded a formal Georgian Square, historic University quarter.

Like another key 20th century Scottish Architect – Isi Metzstein of GK&C – Robert Matthew became Edinburgh University Professor of Architecture.

Matthew worked briefly with another Scottish great, Basil Spence, on Queen Elizabeth Square, Gorbals / Hutchestown, Glasgow.

Robert Matthew architect education : Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland

RMJM Architects

British Architectural Designs

British Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

Architectural Walking Tours

English Architecture

London Architect – design practice listing on e-architect

London Architecture

Collaborator : Basil Spence – Hutchestown

Architecture Studios

Buildings / photos for the Robert Matthew Architects page welcome