Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Cairncross
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 May 1913
Died: c. 1970
Bio Notes: James Cairncross was born on 2 May 1913 and was articled to Rollo & Hall, attending classes at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen from September 1931. In November 1935 he joined the office of Allan & Friskin as assistant. He obtained his diploma in June 1937 and was admitted ARIBA on 4 April 1938, his proposers being R Leslie Rollo, Charles Geddes Soutar and William Salmond. At that time he was living at 26 Forfar Road and was still in the employment of Allan & Friskin. He was also an Associate of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

Cairncross moved to Northern Ireland in about 1946. In the Kalendar for 1950-51 he is listed as working for the Northern Ireland Housing Trust in Belfast. He remained there working for the Trust until about 1970. He died shortly thereafter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 326, Forfar Road, ScotlandPrivate(?)c. 1939 *  
Item 2 of 3Northern Ireland Housing Trust/12, Hope Street, Belfast, Northern IrelandBusiness1960After 1966 
Item 3 of 3Northern Ireland Housing Trust/1, College Square East, Belfast, Northern IrelandBusiness1972c. 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 2Rollo & Hallc. 1921November 1925Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Allan & FriskinNovember 1925After 1938Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo4 April 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Salmond4 April 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar4 April 1938for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 3 of 6RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

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 A no6690 (combined box 155)