Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Harvey
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 July 1908
Died: 10 June 1975
Bio Notes: David Harvey was born on 6 July 1908. He was educated at Daniel Stewart's and was articled to Thomas Forbes Maclennan of Henry & Maclennan, Edinburgh, in 1925, studying at Edinburgh College of Art. He undertook a number of study trips, including a week at Durham Cathedral in 1930 and a month visiting modern buildings in Amsterdam in 1931. In the following year he gained his diploma, passing the RIBA Professional Practice exam later that year. He became a student member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in the same year and was admitted ARIBA early the next, his proposers being Maclennan, John Begg and James Alexander Arnott. He then joined the office of T P Marwick & Son where he and Philip McManus designed a number of remarkable modern buildings under the supervision of Thomas Waller Marwick: these led to a major role in the Glasgow Empire Exhibition of 1938.

By 1939 Harvey seems to have moved to Cornwall but either during or just after the Second World War he joined the staff of the Scottish Office. In the 1950s he left to found the very successful partnership of David Harvey & Alex Scott, based at 2 Lynedoch Place, Glasgow. Both partners were elected ARIAS in 1956. The practice made its name with Barmulloch College of Education (1960-64) which had much of the absolute clarity of Marwick's Bread Street, Edinburgh store on which he had worked before the war. It led to much further school and university work, the practice expanding to become D Harvey A Scott & Associates in 1963 and later Harvey Scott & Partners. Harvey served as a representative of the Edinburgh chapter of the RIAS around this time.

Harvey was quick-thinking and an extremely fast draughtsman, resulting in the nickname of Speedy Harvey. He had a somewhat sardonic wit and his reply to a request for yet another progress report - 'Do you want the progress or do you want the report? You can't have both' - became part of Scottish Office legend.

In his later years Harvey lived in Lanark Road, Edinburgh. He died on 10 June 1975. After his death Harvey Scott & Partners became Harvey Scott Gynn & Duff, and later simply Gynn & Duff.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5104, East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1933 *  
Item 2 of 510, Vivian Terrace, Truro, Cornwall, EnglandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 5Gogar Lodge, Glasgow Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 4 of 52, Lynedoch Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19551975 
Item 5 of 5325, Lanark Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1964After 1975 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4D Harvey & A Scott  Partner 
Item 2 of 4Henry & Maclennan19251930Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4T P Marwick & Son1933 or 1934c. 1938Assistant 
Item 4 of 4David Harvey Alex Scott & Associates1970 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander ArnottEarly 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John BeggEarly 1933for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Forbes MaclennanEarly 1933for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 391938Civic Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne  Newcastle upon TyneEnglandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 2 of 391956Rothesay AcademyRothesay ButeScotland 
Item 3 of 391957Colston School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 391958Office  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 391959HostelAviemore Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 6 of 391959Secondary SchoolDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 391960s(?)650 houses, Bluevale  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 391960sFive telephone exchanges   Scotland 
Item 9 of 391960s(?)Forresthall HospitalSpringburn GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 10 of 391960sFour Primary Schools  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 391960s(?)Garage workshops for Callanders (Or Callendars) Garage  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 391960sOld People's HomeLesmahagow LanarkshireScotland 
Item 13 of 391960sPrimary Schools  East LothianScotland 
Item 14 of 391960sPrimary Schools  PerthshireScotland 
Item 15 of 391960sTelephone exchangeStornowayLewisRoss & CromartyScotland 
Item 16 of 391960sTelephone exhanges  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 391960Agricultural Research StationPenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 18 of 391960College of Further Education, BarmullochBarmulloch GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 391960Stanley Green Secondary SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 20 of 391961Gilmour Street Secondary SchoolClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 21 of 391962Primary School, Balmuildy RoadBishopbriggs LanarkshireScotland 
Item 22 of 391963Gallowgate CDA Area A  GlasgowScotlandIn collaboration with A G Jury.
Item 23 of 391963Gorebridge Secondary SchoolGorebridge MidlothianScotland 
Item 24 of 391963Secondary SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 25 of 391964Perth AcademyPerth PerthshireScotlandAdditions costing 120,000
Item 26 of 391965Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College  GlasgowScotlandAditions
Item 27 of 391966Linlithgow Academy, BraeheadBraehead, Linlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 28 of 391966Primary School, DalmuirDalmuir, Clydebank DunbartonshireScotlandD Harvey & A Scott may be the architects.
Item 29 of 391966Secondary SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 30 of 391967Clydebank Secondary SchoolClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 31 of 391967Housing  GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 391967Office  GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 391967University of Glasgow, Adam Smith building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 391968Glasgow Unversity, Social Science buildingHillhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 391968John Neilson High SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 36 of 39Mid 1960s(?)West Barnes Primary SchoolWest Barnes East LothianScotland 
Item 37 of 391970sPremises of South of Scotland Electricity Board, Inverlair AvenueCathcart GlasgowScotlandDoes not state in source that this is an extension or refurbishment but it must be the sdame as the work listed by James Campbell Hutchison
Item 38 of 39Before 1975Health CentreCastle Douglas KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 39 of 39Before 1975Office block  GlasgowScotlandFeasibility study


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp 211
Item 2 of 7Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and Londonp227 Bluevale Street two 31-storey blocks
Item 3 of 7McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pressp 100
Item 4 of 7Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 5 of 7RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 6 of 7RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 7 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman28 October 1932   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Manuscripts Small collection of personal papers including portrait and student projects
Item 2 of 4Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal recollections of Robert Scott Morton and Frank Connell
Item 3 of 4RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5074 (combined box 55)