Basic Biographical Details

Name: George McIntosh Keith
Designation: Architect
Born: 31 October 1907
Died: 12 November 1973
Bio Notes: George McIntosh Keith was born on 31 October 1907, the son of George McIntosh Keith, mechanical engineer and his wife Jane Barron. He studied at Aberdeen School of Architecture. From 1922 to 1924 he studied as a full-time pupil at the School of Architecture in Aberdeen. He was articled to Messrs Gall & Hay in Aberdeen during the subsequent three years and in 1927 was awarded his diploma. He had a post as assistant in the City Architect's Department in Aberdeen during the years 1927-31. In the latter year he moved to a post as architect with the County Architect's office in Middlesex. During his years in the south he attended the Regent Street Polytechnic and gained a certificate in Town Planning. In July 1941 he passed the Part I final exam, in December that year the Part II final exam and he completed his thesis in December 1945. He was admitted ARIBA on 12 March 1946, proposed by C D Andrews, H W Burchett and G L Desmond Hall. At the time of his being elected a member he was probably doing his National Service as the address of his witness was the HQ 51, Highland Devision, BAOR.

Keith was appointed City Architect of Aberdeen on the resignation of Alexander Buchanan Gardner in September 1954. He retired due to ill-health on 30 June 1971.

He died on 12 November 1973 at his home in Aberdeen. He was survived by his wife, Sarah Mabel Miles and at least one son, the architect George McIntosh Keith.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 420, Golden Square, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness(?)   
Item 2 of 411|13, Broad Street, AberdeenBusiness  Architectural Dept per Builder 15 Feb 1957, p 344
Item 3 of 4Fairlawn Cottage, Ferndale Road, Burgess hill, Sussex, EnglandPrivate1946 *  
Item 4 of 445, Woodburn Avenue, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1963 *1973 

* 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 1Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)23 August 1954c. 1970Chief ArchitectCity Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3C D Andrews12 March 1946For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Howard William Burchett12 March 1946For Associateship
Item 3 of 3George Langley Desmond Hall12 March 1946For 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 29 Restaurant at Corporation Estate, Hazelheart  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 2 of 29 Towie Protestant Primary School  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 298 March 1957School at Summerfield housing site  AberdeenScotlandper Builder p482
Item 4 of 2929 March 1957Housing, Mastrick  AberdeenScotlandper Builder p614
Item 5 of 2929 March 1957SSHA Housing, Garthdee West (2)Garthdee West AberdeenScotlandper Builder p614
Item 6 of 2919 April 1957Houses at Balnagask Housing EstateTorry AberdeenScotlandper Builder p752
Item 7 of 2912 July 1957Aberdeen Municipal Buildings and Tolbooth  AberdeenScotlandas City Architect, per Builder p44
Item 8 of 291958Housing, Kincorth Section 34Kincorth AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 9 of 291959Ashgrove Court housingAshgrove AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 10 of 292 October 1959New Town House  AberdeenScotlandresponsible for planning as City Architect per Builder p368
Item 11 of 291960Housing, Chapel Street and Skene Street (Section 2)  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 12 of 29c. 1960Sheltered housingSummerhill AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 13 of 291961Multi-storey flats, MastrickMastrick AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 14 of 291961The Beach BallroomSea Beach AberdeenScotlandStar Ballroom added
Item 15 of 291962Hazelhead Housing  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 16 of 291962Multi-storey housing, Hazelhead I  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 17 of 291963Multi-storey housing, Kincorth Section 49Kincorth AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 18 of 291964Gallowgate Redevelopment  AberdeenScotlandAs Aberdeen City Architect
Item 19 of 291964Multi-storey housing, Tillydrone-Hayton II  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 20 of 291964Sports & Pleasure Ground, Aberdeen Beach  AberdeenScotland 
Item 21 of 291965Multi-storey housing, Gallowgate II  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 22 of 291965Multi-storey housing, Tillydrone-Hayton IV  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 23 of 291965Porthill Court and Seamount Court  AberdeenScotlandAs Chief Architect
Item 24 of 29c. 1965Aberdeen Municipal Buildings and Tolbooth  AberdeenScotlandTower block added to existing buildings
Item 25 of 291966Castlehill redevelopment  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 26 of 291966Multi-storey housing, Castlehill Section 1Castlehill AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 27 of 291966Multi-storey housing, Cornhill-Stockethill Section IV  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 28 of 291966Multi-storey housing, Mastrick 57  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect
Item 29 of 291967Multi-storey housing, South Mile End  AberdeenScotlandAs City Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p550
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp24
p158 Gallowgate Redevelopment
Item 3 of 6Glendinning, 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
Item 4 of 6RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 6RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder15 February 1957  p 344
Item 2 of 3Builder23 October 1964  p902
Item 3 of 3Municipal Journal9 January 1953  p37-41 Ashgrove VIII

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register