Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald Denoon Jack
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 March 1897
Died: 10 May 1966
Bio Notes: Donald Denoon Jack was born on 5 March 1897, the son of James Jack, schoolmaster and his wife Doleena Denoon. He commenced his architectural training in 1913, studying at Edinburgh School of Art under George Washington Browne and at Heriot-Watt College under. After only six months he went away on military service, but on demobilisation in March 1919 returned to Edinburgh to continue his training, entering the office of Dick Peddie & Walker Todd. In 1920 he moved to London where he joined the office of William Louis Lucas, assisting in the reconstruction of city buildings and town and country houses, and in surveying work. The following year he obtained a position as assistant to Arnold Mitchell, and he remained with him until 1924 when he entered the Air Ministry Architect's Department. Two years later he joined H M Office of Works, where he was mainly involved with the design of post offices and employment exchanges.

In 1928 he was appointed as a draughtsman in the Miners Welfare Committee Architect's Department. He was admitted LRIBA on 7 October 1930, his proposers being Charles Johns Mole and Cedric Gurney Ripley. In that year he had been promoted to chief draughtsman, and he soon achieved further promotions, to section architect in 1936 and to divisional architect in 1940. Whilst with the Committee he was responsible for buildings in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Scotland including pithead baths, swimming baths, community centres, institutes, halls, pavilions, canteens and housing, as well as supervising the layout of playing fields.

He was elected FRIBA on 17 November 1942, his proposers being Forshaw, his senior at the Miners' Welfare Committee; James Lochhead; and John Austin Dempster, his predecessor in charge of the Committee's work in Scotland and northern England. By that time he appears to have left the Committee and moved to Glasgow with an office at 46 Carlton Place, his home being at 30 Broomvale Drive, Newton Mearns.

He died on 10 May 1966 at Fauldhead, Lenzie. He was survived by his wife, Catherine Ann McLean, and at least one son

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 54, Doune Quadrant, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1966 
Item 2 of 512, West Avenue, Wallington, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1930 *  
Item 3 of 530, Broomvale Drive, Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1942 *  
Item 4 of 546, Carlton Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1942 *  
Item 5 of 524, Royal Circus, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1950 * Address of National Coal Board - as successor to the Miners' Welfare Commission.

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd19191920Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 8William Louis Lucas19201921Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Arnold Bidlake Mitchell19211924Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department19241926Assistant 
Item 5 of 8H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19261928AssistantIn London office (Storeys Gate)
Item 6 of 8Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)19281930Draughtsman 
Item 7 of 8Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)19301936Chief Draughtsman 
Item 8 of 8Miners' Welfare Committee (or Miners' Welfare Commission), Mines Department, (National Coal Board Divisional Welfare)19361942ArchitectSection Architect to 1940; Divisional Architect thereafter

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5John Austin Dempster17 November 1942for Fellowship
Item 2 of 5John Henry Forshaw17 November 1942for Fellowship
Item 3 of 5James Lochhead17 November 1942for Fellowship
Item 4 of 5(Sir) Charles Johns Mole7 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 5Cedric Gurney Ripley7 October 1930for Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Alexander Cosmo Smith Auld17 June 1952For Fellowship
Item 2 of 2George Anderson Findlay14 December 1943for Licentiateship

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 41938Fleets Colliery, pithead baths  East LothianScotlandAs senior assistant to Dempster (he took over from Dempster as senior architect in this year)
Item 2 of 41938Polkemmet Colliery, pithead baths  LanarkshireScotlandAs senior assistant to Dempster (he took over from Dempster as senior architect in this year)
Item 3 of 41940Hopetoun Colliery, Pithead Baths  West LothianScotlandFurther work?
Item 4 of 41949Miners' Community Welfare CentreBannockburn StirlingshireScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3363 (box 10); F no3924 (box 30)