Basic Biographical Details

Name: Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)
Designation: Architectural practice
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Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Municipal Offices/11, Broad Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1930After 1950 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 53Robert Patrick Duthie  Architect 
Item 2 of 53John Smith182422 July 1852Chief ArchitectCity Architect (Superintendent of Works). Death date given for termination of employ
Item 3 of 53William Smith II185222 December 1891Chief ArchitectCity Architect (Superintendent of the Town's Works). Death date given as date of termination
Item 4 of 53George Gray18871892Apprenticeunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 5 of 53George Gray18921893Assistantunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 6 of 53John Rust4 April 189224 September 1919Chief ArchitectCity Architect. Appoinment and resignation dates given
Item 7 of 53David Colville1900August 1904ApprenticeUnder John Rust, Aberdeen City Architect
Item 8 of 53Alexander William GrahamAugust 19041909Apprenticeunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 9 of 53Alexander William Graham19091911Principal Assistantunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 10 of 53James Donald3 March 19133 September 1919ApprenticeUnder John Rust, City Architect - with the exception of war service (dates unknown)
Item 11 of 53John Yeats4 March 19136 March 1917ApprenticeUnder John Rust, City Architect
Item 12 of 53William KellyJanuary 1920April 1923Architect 
Item 13 of 53Alexander GordonAfter December 1920Before 1923Chief Architect 
Item 14 of 53Edward Wilfred Brannen19221930Assistant(?) 
Item 15 of 53Ronald Davidson CruickshankJanuary 1924December 1928Apprentice 
Item 16 of 53James Coutts31 January 192423 April 1924 Director of Housing. He died in service
Item 17 of 53Alexander Buchanan Gardner4 August 192430 September 1954Chief ArchitectDirector of Housing and Superintendent of Town's Properties, renamed City Architect in 1934
Item 18 of 53Frederick Wright17 February 1926c. 1931Apprenticeworking under Alexander Buchanan Gardner, City Architect
Item 19 of 53Leo DurninJune 19261936AssistantInitially working for the Housing Department. Later working under Alexander Buchanan Gardner, City Architect
Item 20 of 53Robert Stuart Stephen Mackayc. 1927(?) Chief Architect 
Item 21 of 53Ronald Davidson CruickshankDecember 19281939Assistant 
Item 22 of 53Alexander McRobie19361939Assistant 
Item 23 of 53John Charles Richardson1936 or 1937After 1937AssistantWorking under Alexander Buchanan Gardner, City Architect
Item 24 of 53John Ross Cheyne1937 * Assistant(?)Role uncertain
Item 25 of 53Kenneth Bradley Miller1937 Assistant 
Item 26 of 53Duncan James Johnston Wright19381939 working under A B Gardner, City Architect (role unclear)
Item 27 of 53Leo Durnin19381960s(?)AssistantWorking under Alexander Buchanan Gardner, City Architect
Item 28 of 53Alexander McRobie1940s Assistant 
Item 29 of 53Thomas ('Tom') Campbell Watson1940s(?)1954Architect 
Item 30 of 53Frederick WrightBefore 1944After 1953 working under Alexander Buchanan Gardner, City Architect
Item 31 of 53George CruickshankLate 1940sBefore 1953Apprentice 
Item 32 of 53Edward Alexander Meldrum19501956Assistant 
Item 33 of 53Thomas ('Tom') Campbell Watson19541970Deputy Architectdeputy to City Architect, George McIntosh Keith
Item 34 of 53George McIntosh Keith23 August 1954c. 1970Chief ArchitectCity Architect
Item 35 of 53George Cruickshankc. 19551958Assistant 
Item 36 of 53Henry ('Harry') James Lyall Mantell19571959Junior Assistant 
Item 37 of 53Ian Manson Thomson9 October 1959 Senior Assistantsenior assistant in charge on new Town Hall project per Builder p368; CHECK if job title, as well
Item 38 of 53John Donald19671968AssistantAs assistant to John Merson, working on large housing developments; George McIntosh Keith was City Architect
Item 39 of 53John MersonBefore 1967After 1968Architect(?)Responsible for large housing developments (he was assisted by John Donald at the time)
Item 40 of 53George Cruickshank19681972 County Planning Officer
Item 41 of 53John MersonAfter 1968After 1968Depute DirectorDepute City Architect
Item 42 of 53Alexander (Sandy) Lawrence BlackLate 1960s Architect 
Item 43 of 53William Affleck Dalgleish1970s1979Architect 
Item 44 of 53Thomas ('Tom') Campbell Watson19701975Chief ArchitectCity Architect
Item 45 of 53George Leslie Strath1970 *After 1979Architect 
Item 46 of 53William James Castell Irvinec. 1970 Architect 
Item 47 of 53Roderick McKenziec. 1970 Assistant 
Item 48 of 53James G Andrewsc. 1970 Architect 
Item 49 of 53William Leslie Roworth1974 * Chief ArchitectCity Architect
Item 50 of 53Alexander DuncanBefore 1974December 1974  
Item 51 of 53David HirdBefore 1979 Assistant Chief 
Item 52 of 53Martin George CalderLate 1970s Assistant 
Item 53 of 53Findlay Alan WildridgeLate 1970s(?)1983(?)Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 731874City Hospital  AberdeenScotlandWilliam Smith II responsible
Item 2 of 731891City Hospital  AberdeenScotlandExtensions - John Rust responsible
Item 3 of 731920Aberdeen Public Baths  AberdeenScotlandSubstantial remodelling - conversion to garage
Item 4 of 73c. 1920Torry Housing SchemeTorry AberdeenScotlandWith William Kelly as consultant architect
Item 5 of 73After 1924Aberdeen Municipal Buildings and Tolbooth  AberdeenScotlandExtensions - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 6 of 73After 1924Anderson LibraryWoodside AberdeenScotlandExtensions - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 7 of 73After 1924Fish Market  AberdeenScotlandAlexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 8 of 73After 1924Housing schemes  AberdeenScotlandAlexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 9 of 73After 1924Police Buildings  AberdeenScotlandExtensions - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 10 of 73After 1924Public Baths  AberdeenScotlandAlexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 11 of 731930s(?)Stewart HouseCults AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations? - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 12 of 731931City Hospital  AberdeenScotlandExtensions, including nurses' home - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 13 of 731932Bon Accord Baths  AberdeenScotland 
Item 14 of 731936Woodend Hospital, Nurses' Home  AberdeenScotlandNew nurses' home - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 15 of 731938Kingseat Asylum, nurses homeKinsgeat AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions - with A B Gardner as City Architect
Item 16 of 731941Aberdeen Maternity Hospital  AberdeenScotlandAnte-natal hospital added - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 17 of 73Before 1941Woodend Hospital  AberdeenScotlandTwin theatres, radiology department and cubicle isolation block - Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 18 of 731945Tenements, Rosemount Square  AberdeenScotland 
Item 19 of 731950Pavilion, Stewart Park of Hilton Recreation  AberdeenScotland 
Item 20 of 731951Provost Skene's House  AberdeenScotlandRestoration
Item 21 of 731953Flats, AshgroveAshgrove AberdeenScotlandWith Alexander Buchanan Gardner as City Architect
Item 22 of 731953Mastrick Housing scheme, flatted developments  AberdeenScotlandWith Edward Alexander Meldrum as assistant
Item 23 of 731955Albyn House  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 24 of 731958Housing, Kincorth Section 34Kincorth AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 25 of 738 June 1959Ashgrove Court housingAshgrove AberdeenScotlanddeadline for submission of tender applications to City A per Builder 22 May 1959 p941; CHECK role
Item 26 of 738 June 1959Ashgrove Court housingAshgrove AberdeenScotlandtender applications to City A by June 8 per Builder 29 May 1959 p978
Item 27 of 731960Housing, Chapel Street and Skene Street (Section 2)  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 28 of 73c. 1960Sheltered housingSummerhill AberdeenScotlandGeorge McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 29 of 731961Multi-storey flats, MastrickMastrick AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 30 of 731961The Beach BallroomSea Beach AberdeenScotlandAddition of Star Ballroom - with Keith as City Architect
Item 31 of 7317 February 1961Corporation maisonettes in multi-storey block  AberdeenScotlandneed to CHECK role - accepting tenders, may not have designed building
Item 32 of 7324 November 1961Hazlehead Housing SchemeHazlehead AberdeenScotlandaccepting applications for all trades contract per Builder p1019
Item 33 of 731962Hazelhead Housing  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 34 of 731962Multi-storey housing, Hazelhead I  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 35 of 731963Multi-storey housing, Kincorth Section 49Kincorth AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 36 of 731964Gallowgate Redevelopment  AberdeenScotlandWith George M Keith as City Architect
Item 37 of 731964Multi-storey housing, Tillydrone-Hayton II  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 38 of 731965Benholm's LodgingOld Abeerdeen AberdeenScotlandTaken down and re-erected
Item 39 of 731965Multi-storey housing, Gallowgate II  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 40 of 731965Multi-storey housing, Tillydrone-Hayton IV  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 41 of 731965Porthill Court and Seamount Court  AberdeenScotland 
Item 42 of 73c. 1965Aberdeen Municipal Buildings and Tolbooth  AberdeenScotlandTower block addition - with George M Keith as City Architect.
Item 43 of 731966Castlehill redevelopment  AberdeenScotlandWith George M Keith as City Architect
Item 44 of 731966Multi-storey housing, Castlehill Section 1Castlehill AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 45 of 731966Multi-storey housing, Cornhill-Stockethill Section IV  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 46 of 731966Multi-storey housing, Mastrick 57  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith
Item 47 of 73196710-storey block of flats, Holborne Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 48 of 731967Multi-storey housing, South Mile End  AberdeenScotlandWith George McIntosh Keith as City Architect
Item 49 of 73Late 1960sAberdeen Crematorium  AberdeenScotlandWith Cosimo Pacitti as job architect
Item 50 of 73Late 1960sAiryhall Library  AberdeenScotlandWith John Merson as job architect
Item 51 of 73Late 1960sBalnagask low rise housingBalnagask AberdeenScotlandWith Peter Grant as job architect
Item 52 of 73Late 1960sFinal phase of low rise housing, HazleheadHazlehead AberdeenScotlandWith Tom Steele as job architect
Item 53 of 73Late 1960sGrampian Police Headquarters  AberdeenScotlandWith William Roworth as job architect
Item 54 of 73Late 1960sInfill HousingMastrick AberdeenScotlandWith Merson as job architect
Item 55 of 73Late 1960sInfill housingNorthfield AberdeenScotlandWith Merson as job architect
Item 56 of 73Late 1960sInfill housing Summerhill AberdeenScotlandWith John Merson as job architect
Item 57 of 73Late 1960sInfill low rise housing, SpitalOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandWuith Rith Jackson as job architect
Item 58 of 73Late 1960sSt Nicholas House office development  AberdeenScotlandWith George Heddle as job architect with main responsibility
Item 59 of 731970Multi-storey housing, Tillydrone-Hayton XVI (A)  AberdeenScotlandCity Architect responsible
Item 60 of 731971Multi-storey housing, Great Northern Road X  AberdeenScotland 
Item 61 of 731971Multi-storey housing, Middlefield  AberdeenScotlandCity Architect responsible
Item 62 of 731971ThistleCourt  AberdeenScotlandCity Architect responsible
Item 63 of 7326 January 1971Dyce Housing SchemeDyce AberdeenScotland 
Item 64 of 731972Housing, Jute Street and Canal Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 65 of 731973Crematorium, Hazlehead  AberdeenScotland 
Item 66 of 731973Multi-storey housing, Great Northern Road 'A' Phase 2  AberdeenScotland 
Item 67 of 731975Aberdeen Municipal Buildings and Tolbooth  AberdeenScotlandExtension to Town House
Item 68 of 731975Aberdeenshire Council Headquarters  AberdeenScotland 
Item 69 of 731975Multi-storey housing, Marchburn Drive  AberdeenScotlandWith William Leslie Roworth as City Architect
Item 70 of 731976Multi-storey housing, Hilton Road and Rosehill Drive  AberdeenScotlandWith William Leslie Roworth as City Architect
Item 71 of 731983Jasmine Place Sheltered Housing  AberdeenScotlandWith Ian Alexander Ferguson as City Architect
Item 72 of 731996Provost Ross' House  AberdeenScotlandExtension
Item 73 of 732007Hanover Street Public School  AberdeenScotlandRefurbishment and extension

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp24
p41 Jasmine Place
p158 Gallowgate Redevelopment
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp240
p367 Gazetteer 1

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder28 April 1950  p570
Item 2 of 2Municipal Journal9 January 1953  p37-41 Ashgrove VIII