Basic Biographical Details

Name: Kenneth Murray Fraser
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 October 1906
Died: 26 December 1988
Bio Notes: Kenneth Murray Fraser was born on 19 October 1906, the son of John Fraser, medical practitioner and his wife Christina Reid. From 1924-1929 he served his articles with Stewart & Paterson while at the same time taking the certificate course at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College. After the completion of his articles he remained with Stewart & Paterson as an assistant but left to undertake war service in August 1940.

In his Nomination Paper he does not specify the reason but his war service finished in June 1941 and he took a post as senior assistant (later deputy chief assistant) with Sam Bunton Associates. Subsequent to wide general experience he served on the War Damages Staff with Sam Bunton who was architect and town planning consultant to Clydebank Town Council in the early 1940s. Following completion of this he continued with staff engaged on the reconstruction and development of the entire burgh, involving about 4000 houses as well as communal and public buildings. He remained with Bunton and was admitted LRIBA in 1948, proposed by Jack Coia, John Stewart and William McCrea. At this time he was engaged on the development of the burgh which includes an extension of about 600 acres with 5000 houses. By this date he had gained wide experience and knowledge of Local Authority housing using traditional and non-traditional methods.

Later he formed a partnership with James Hastie MacLeod as MacLeod & Fraser.

By 1974 he had retired from business and wished to resign from RIBA.

He died on 26 December 1988 at Gartnavel Hospital, survived by his wife Bridget Hughes 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 4Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 432, Hotspur Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1948  
Item 3 of 487, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1950 Sam Bunton's office.
Item 4 of 48, Kirklea Quadrant, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1955After 1974 

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 5Stewart & PatersonOctober 1924October 1929Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Stewart & PatersonOctober 1929August 1940Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Sam BuntonJune 1941After 1950Senior AssistantLatterly deputy chief assistant
Item 4 of 5Sam Bunton & Associates1950 * Assistant 
Item 5 of 5MacLeod & FraserBefore 1970c. 1974Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Jack Antonio Coia14 December 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William McCrea14 December 1948For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Stewart14 December 1948For 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 1Before 1941War damage repair to 12,000 houses (approx)Clydebank DunbartonshireScotlandAssisted Bunton

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 3 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 6320 (Combined Box 131?)