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:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland||Business|| || || |
|32, Hotspur Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1948|| || |
|87, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1950|| ||Sam Bunton's office.|
|8, Kirklea Quadrant, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||Before 1955||After 1974|| |
Employment and Training
* earliest date known from documented sources.
|The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|Jack Antonio Coia||14 December 1948||For Licentiateship|
|William McCrea||14 December 1948||For Licentiateship|
|John Stewart||14 December 1948||For 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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|Before 1941||War damage repair to 12,000 houses (approx)||Clydebank|| ||Dunbartonshire||Scotland||Assisted Bunton|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1960||The RIBA Kalendar 1959-1960||1959-1960|| || |
|RIBA||1964||The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65|| || || |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no 6320 (Combined Box 131?)|